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Building a Survival Kit (Part 2)

Posted by Self Reliance Outfitters on October 22, 2013  

While building a survival kit you may feel like your being paranoid. More than likely, you don’t anticipate undergoing any survival scenarios. While it isn’t something you wish for, it doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Whenever you decide to take an adventure out into the wild, you should always be prepared. Being prepared means packing and maintaining a survival kit to take with you on your trip. In our previous post, we discussed some items to include in this kit: a survival kit pack, survival knife, and cordage. Today, we discuss three more items that deserve a place in any survival kit.

FIRE STARTER

If you’re stuck somewhere counting on yourself for survival, you’ll need fire for a number of things in your survival kit – including fire starter. Building a fire out of natural tools isn’t the easiest endeavor, so packing a fire starter will enable you to make a fire when you need it. Fires help to preserve core body temperature, give you a way to cook your food and serve as a natural bug repellent. If your water supply has run out and you have to retrieve some from a natural source, boil it over a fire to kill bacteria and make it safe for drinking. Fire will, of course, help to keep you warm in cooler climates as well, meaning you will be in overall better condition since you will be comfortable. 

SURVIVAL KIT SHELTER

A shelter will protect you from the elements and help offer shade in hot weather and preserve heat in cold weather. Even packing a simple shelter in your survival kit can prove extremely useful. Simple shelters can range from a small bivy, blanket, or a tarp. Tarps are useful when crafting shelters out of natural elements like sturdy limbs. Strategically attaching a tarp to some found branches can help keep you dry, safe, and warm.

PINCH LIGHT

When the sun goes down and everything gets dark, you’ll need something see with. While lanterns are the best option, they aren’t always the easiest to pack in a survival kit. For a packable survival kit, it would be more practical to include pinch lights. These are designed to use very little battery and only operate when absolutely necessary. When the moon isn’t giving you enough light, a pinch light can help you see through wooded areas and even aid at a campsite while you are trying to build a shelter and start a fire.

A survival kit can contain any number of things. It is important to recognize what you would find most useful in case you ever entered a survival crisis. These are just three things that have proven, time and again, to be essential parts of a survival kit.

Stay tuned for more suggestions on what to include in your survival kit! [Continue Reading Part 3]

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