Surviving a number of life challenges is ingrained in humans from the time of birth. For the majority, survival is paramount. Many of which, would consider doing almost anything in order to survive or escape an emergency situation. Whether camping, hiking, or facing a world crisis, the need to find food, shelter and warmth are all, vital elements in the art of survival techniques. Many accomplished explorers and hikers are aware of how to survive. For the less experienced it can be a daunting prospect. Preparing for emergency situations and knowing what tools are needed in order to survive can be confusing for many. This article looks at survival kits and which items to include.
Whether preparing a camping or hiking trip, or facing a crisis, survival is important to all involved. Food, shelter and warmth are daily requirements in any given situation. It is has often been recommended that keeping a stock of food, toiletries, alternative lighting, and cooking supplies along with extra blankets in the home can aid survival should a major crisis occur. The majority of people who require a kit in order to survive are mainly those who hike, explore and camp on a regular basis. These are the people who’re familiar with essential survival tools.
There are a number of items, which are optional to include within a survival kit. But for all survival kits, first aid essentials in the form of a basic first aid kit, along with water or water purification tablets are the most important and most needed items.
Other items often included within a survival kit can vary in style, but all serve the purpose for which they are intended. One of the most common tools included is a knife of some sort. A pocketknife in particular is a common occurrence. This is because they can easily be folded away and stored in pockets, making them easy to carry as well. Small tool kits can also be included in a survival kit as they can be used in hunting for food and building a shelter.
Compass, map of area, flashlights or headlamps, cash, blanket, suitable clothes for time of year and communication devices are all valuable and essential when putting together a kit for survival. Cell phones can also be used as a communication device, but are not practical if there is no cell phone signal available. Spare batteries for flashlights, or headlamps will be required in order to maintain light.
Other items often found in survival kits include a basic fire starting kit or small camping stove. These are not essential, but can save time and energy. Food as mentioned before is vital, many kits contain either canned or freeze dried foods. Water containers or bottles, make it easier to store and carry water. Some kits also contain heavy-duty garbage bags. These have a variety of uses and can be essential items when trying to survive. Pee bags are another optional tool to include in a kit.