They say “expect the best but prepare for the worst”. And if you decide to prepare for the worst, you’ll need a way to filter water, light fires easily, and let you know what direction you’re headed in. Lucky for you we at TechJoint have rounded up some of the greatest survival gadgets out there.
10. 23-in-1 Survival Shovel – https://amzn.to/2ZroJm7
9. Jackfish – https://amzn.to/3pslsNS
8. PureFlame Mini – https://bit.ly/2YNOrAW
7. VSSL – https://amzn.to/3k3Gilq
6. LightWater – https://bit.ly/3rsDGjD
5. MS5 – https://bit.ly/3pURJON (alternative is:- on this link)
4. Estream – https://bit.ly/3tAClJk
3. Firelaces – https://amzn.to/3pvdZgZ
2. Cache Survival Belt – https://amzn.to/3bhHeib
1. Companion Backpack – https://amzn.to/3ua3QtG
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What do we mean by survival?
In our Outdoor Glossary, “survival” is described as:
“The capabilities that a person must have in adverse situations or conditions.”
For Rüdiger Nehberg, Germany’s best known survival expert, this concept means:
- The art of surviving in seemingly dead-end situations
- Making fun of unnecessary and anticipated death
- Return to primal skills and instincts
- Independence from the luxuries of civilization
- The art of granting life other different perspectives
Survival can be divided into different groups:
- Survival in military units
- Survival in defense and civil protection
- Survival of religious groups
- Survival of individuals
As you can see, the concept of “survival” is very broad. While some have the kit for a disaster at home, others see survival as a hobby. We focus on “survival” as the art of surviving in the wild. Here is a description of the most important techniques to survive in adverse situations and, finally, we show you a list of survival equipment.
The main thing to survive in the wild are the resources to get water, food, make a fire and, of course, know how to orient oneself.
Obtaining water in nature
Depending on where you are, finding water is relatively simple. Streams, rivers, or lakes can provide you with enough water, so you just need to pay attention to the quality of your water. For this it is recommended to carry sterilizing filters or tablets with you. In drier areas, the search becomes somewhat more difficult. Specific knowledge is required to locate hidden plants or deposits that contain water. Hanging leaves are undoubtedly a good option, as they tend to collect water in their cavities during the early morning..
Methods of getting food
Of course, knowing how to get food is very important, especially if the road is long and you are physically tired. Fishing, hunting, and gathering fruits and berries are the most important ways to acquire food. It is highly recommended that you inform yourself about the different types of plants in the area before starting your adventure, so that one has a better idea of the edibles that can be found in the area.
Fire is essential to survive in nature. It serves as light, heat and source of energy, so it is of utmost importance. There are several ways to produce fire. It is also possible with humidity and with (or without) the help of lighters or similar utensils. It is best to have a magnesium lighter, with which, if you have a little practice, it is relatively easy to start creating the embers. If you do not have anything similar to hand, you can make a fire with the help of the sun and a mirror, rubbing wood or flints. In any case, try the different methods first at home, as doing it for the first time is not entirely easy.
It is not easy to orient yourself in nature without prior knowledge but it can be learned quite quickly. Of course, the simplest thing is to have a compass or a GPS (but don’t forget that the latter requires a battery!) There are also many other ways to orient yourself, such as with the sun or looking at the characteristics that nature presents. For example, by observing moss on trees.
Tips for good equipment
It is not easy to make a list of what is the most advisable for survival in the wild. Depending on the situation, some utensils will be more important than others. The list must always be individually tailored. Some of the following tips may be helpful to you:
- The survival kit is designed to save time and money: It is more advisable, in certain circumstances, to have a few meters of strong rope than to know how to make one with vegetable fibers. The best, of course, is to have both resources.
- Keep in mind that the things in your survival kit have to work, in principle, under extreme conditions. Stress, cold, wind, and humidity can greatly impair your motor skills.
- Heat and water are vital factors, therefore, in case plan A does not work (that is, we dispense with water and heat), we must always have a plan B available.
- Mark your equipment with bright colors, since in stressful situations orientation and objects and utensils are easily lost. (The bright colors help, especially because the classic Outdoor equipment is camouflage.)
- Take only what you have actually tried before. Test everything before adding it to the equipment.
- A little advice: Take a photo of a loved one, remember the reasons for survival.
Survival Equipment List
- Magnesium lighter / matches
- Map / Compass / GPS
- Flashlight and batteries
- Razor / saw / razor blade
- Nylon rope (10m) / strong wire / thread
- Mirror (for fire or as a signal)
- Filters or tablets for water disinfection
- Toilet paper (also good for covering wounds and making fires)
- Candles (wrapped in foil)
- Pen pencil
- Plastic cover
- Carabiner / safety pin
- Jar or light container (500 ml minimum)
- Fishing team
First aid kit
- Sterile gauze and cotton
- Band-aids / tape
- Neosporin (to treat infections of the skin and eyes)
- Medicine for diarrhea
- Sewing kit
Clothing and food
(Depending on what you need your survival kit for, it will take more or less amount of clothing and food. In any case, we recommend the following utensils)
- Waterproof poncho for the rain (best in bright color)
- Some instant soup sachets
- Broth tablet (take as a last reserve after making a great effort)
- Potassium permanganate
- Light bar / torch / smoke flare
- Condoms (ideal for transporting water)
- A small piece of hose
- Magnet (for magnetizing compass needles and finding magnetic metals)