Exactly what is it about enduring the outdoor elements, dealing with the very best that nature can toss at a guy and not just surviving but prospering? Even the most citified amongst us holds a high regard for that guy who ventures right into the wild with just a couple of necessities and his wits while emerging unharmed. The appreciation for the physical strength goes without saying, however it’s the psychological resilience we really envy. At its severest, the environment is an enemy against which all others pale. Lets say it like it is, Mother Nature is a bitch and sometimes it feels like she is trying to kill us. Whether the dry desert, weather-beaten mountaintops, bristling forest, freezing arctic, or churning ocean, the weapons that the wild brings us are powerful. But there is no reason to fear, just have the right outdoor survival gear and you’ll be prepared for almost anything that comes your way.
This basic checklist stands for the minimum requirements needed to venture into the outdoors.
- Map: I can’t tell you how many outdoor enthusiasts forget to carry a map when they venture into the outdoors. While you may know your terrain, it wouldn’t have to carry a map of your area. It will take minimal space and will be very helpful if you make a wrong turn.
- Compass: A compass is undeniably among the most important tools in any type of survival scenario. The ability to navigate with a map as well as a compass is an incredibly crucial skill. Unfortunately, most people are clueless on the best ways to make use of or select the very best survival compass for their needs due to gadgets like GPS’s. Some folks forgot to perform such basic tasks as adding since the inventions of phone apps. No question a GPS comes in handy, but what if your battery dies or you are in an area without reception? This is why it is imperative that you carry a compass in your outdoor survival gear bag.
- Sun Protection: Sunscreen is the obvious product you should be taking with you, but don’t forget your sun protecting shirts. You can find great brands that not only protect you from the sun but they have great breathability and comfort.
- Extra clothing: Your Bug Out Bag clothes should be similar to what you would pack for a weekend backpacking trip. Boots, long pants, socks, shirts, a jacket, underwear, a hat, and a bandana are just a few of the items you should have.
- Flashlight: When selecting a flashlight you shouldn’t settle for the first flashlight you see. You need to select one that will meet your needs. Some features to consider when getting your flashlight are its compact, its water resistant, rugged, LED, has a clip, and dual mode. These are some of the features we look for in our flashlights.
- First-aid supplies: Trying to cover everything you need in your Bug Out Bag First Aid Kit is another article entirely unto itself. I won’t try to cover it because I would surely leave something out. What I will do is recommend that you buy an emergency and survival First Aid Kit and I’d also add prescription medicines, glasses, hearing aid batteries, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, vitamins, hand sanitizer, bug repellent with DEET and sun block to your outdoor survival gear bag.
- Firestarter: At least 3 different ways to make fire. With that you can get a flame but you will have to actually build the fire up, too. You’re also going to need something to cut your firewood and a knife uses too much energy long term. Choose a saw that is lightweight and easy to carry.
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- Water: It should go without saying that water is a survival basic for any situation. In a survival situation water quickly becomes the most precious commodity. 1 gallon per day per person is really the bare minimum. So your outdoor survival bag should have To expand your capability or survive longer than a couple of days you will need a water purification system. This can be as simple as boiling water and iodine tablets, or a serious water filter.
- Knife: A knife in this instance would work as a multi tool not only will you need it to cut something but I can also be used as your self defense tool.
- Extra food: Food kits and Energy Bars can be sufficient. Food kits can be freeze dried meals that you could just add some boiling water to. They should be lightweight and have a long shelf life making it easy to carry in your outdoor survival bag.
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