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What’s in Your Survival Kit?

Depending on your upbringing, you may have been taught basic wilderness survival. For those of you who were not, one of the things you need to remember is the rule of threes: You can die from extreme cold in three hours, die from dehydration in three days, and die from hunger in three weeks. What do you do if you find yourself stranded in the wilderness?

One of the best ways to “deal” with the situation when you are stranded in the wilderness, is to be prepared. To do so, you should not only have natural survival knowledge, but also have a survival pack with you full of personal self defense products and survival devices whenever you are in the outdoors. Here are essential items for your survival kit:

Water Filter

As said, anyone can die from dehydration in three days. If you have to, you can drink straight from water sources, but if you are stranded in the wilderness for a prolonged period of time, you can contract water-borne illnesses; many of the side effects of these diseases are diarrhea, which causes dehydration, so, even if you have a water source you can still die from dehydration. This is one reason why a water filter should be a part of your pack.


A knife is a multi-purpose survival tool; it can not only be used as a weapon, but it can also be used as a means of getting food, and making shelter. As we saw in the movie adaptation of Aron Ralston’s survival story, having a sharp knife is pertinent to survival, and a sharp high quality knife is absolutely essential.


A survival expert’s rule is to always pack more than enough food. How much food will depend on the length that you plan to be out; for example, if you are going to be out and plan to eat about one snack bar, bring three bars. Great foods to bring with you are those that are nutrient rich. Even candy can be a great option to help declining blood recover quickly.  


A firestarter is a must for a basic survival kit. Matches, flint, a lighter, are some of the most popular fire starter options. Before you go out, try out the firestarter; find one that works for you easily. Remember that when you use the item that you will be under stress and perhaps very cold.


Though a flashlight would seem more of a tool for comfort, a flashlight can be essential to survival. A flashlight will not only help you avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation, such as falling into a hole, falling on a sharp branch, but it could help alert those looking for you. Before you go out, be sure to have a dependable flashlight with fresh batteries. Larger flashlights can also be used as a means of self-defense against aggressive animals, as well.

Emergency Blanket

An emergency blanket is a great survival tool because it is compact and incredibly effective. Though the blanket, because it is made of a light material, will feel less comforting than a regular cloth blanket, it’s effectiveness for keeping a person warm is better than any other material and will ultimately outweigh the need for comfort.

These are just a few of the self defense products that should be in your survival pack. Others can be, bear mace, rope, fishing line, map and compass, and a first aid kit. Be sure to check out our inventory of water filtration systems, knives, bear mace and other survival tools; and always feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

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