Outdoor Survival Kits: Classic Wilderness Survival Prep

Enjoy the most of the great outdoors by purchasing or customizing your own outdoor survival kit. A well supplied outdoor survival kit can help you enjoy the most out of camping your camping or hiking experience and add peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared.

A basic outdoor survival kit is ideally lightweight and versatile and is divided into two main components. The first component is equipment that you keep on you at all times and can be carried in a large pocket or something like a fanny pack. The second component is the bulkier items, such as camping equipment.

A good outdoor survival kit can be packed in a camping tin and can accommodate small items. Such items include but are not limited to a fire kit (waterproof matches, tinder, flint striker), a first aid kit, button compass, survival knife, water purification tablets, sewing kit, magnifying glass, wire saw, whistle, and an LED flashlight. These are packed in securely with cotton wool, which can be used as tinder, and packed in a polished tin, which can function as a signaling mirror. The whole unit can be waterproofed by wrapping it in adhesive tape.

In addition, an outdoor survival kit should also have raingear, such as a poncho or even a large black garbage bag. Other must haves are food bars (granola bars, energy bars, etc). It is also recommended to have survival notes or books included in the on-hand portion of your outdoor survival kit for easy reference as well as a map of the region.

When assembling an outdoor survival kit there are many options for several of the components. Follow two general rules that are easy to remember. The first rule is to opt for items that are multipurpose. This will cut down on the amount of weight and space required by your kit. The second general rule is that lighter is better, as long as there is no sacrifice in durability. For instance, in choosing a survival knife the tang should be full length, meaning it should run the length of the handle to allow for greater strength.

After your outdoor survival kit is assembled one more task remains to be done before setting out into the great adventure; practice with your gear. Several components of an outdoor survival kit are not easy to master, such as using your knife and flint striker to start a fire or learning how to use a mirror for signaling. Learn to use your equipment before testing it in the wilderness and you can begin to enjoy the great outdoors with a handy, portable outdoor survival kit.

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