If you’re a survivalist then you’ve heard of the rule of 3. You can survive three minutes without air, three hours without shelter, three days without water, and three weeks without food. This survival code will help you pick your essential survival items. The following items will help you with the rule of three, which in turn, will help you to survive.
- Fire Starter: We all know that food and warmth are pretty huge priorities in any survival situation. You may get lucky and find edible vegetation but this will only sustain you for so long. Eventually, you will need to hunt, cook, and eat meat. A fire is an absolute necessity for this in order to ensure you are not going to get sick from raw meat. A fire starter is much easier, and much more reliable, than matches. You may want to have both in your survival kit either way. It’s never a bad idea to carry a fire starter as well as some matches. You never know the type of situation you will be in. A fire starter is a quick and easy way to light a fire but you should always have a backup just in case. When you search for a fire starter you’ll most likely come across various kinds. There aren’t any bad choices, you just have to pick what you think is best.
- Survival Knife: A knife will be needed for a wide variety of survival tasks. Preparing food, cutting down tree branches, cutting paracord, or helping to clear a path in the foliage are all scenarios where you may need a knife. Choosing a survival knife will be an individual experience. Choose one that feels right to you. When choosing a knife you should be aware that you truly do get what you pay for. The cheapest option may not be the smartest. You may also opt for a multi tool that contains a knife. Again, it’s never a bad idea to carry more than one survival knife.
- Compass and Map: Not only will a map and compass help you determine where you are and where you should be going, it can also help with finding the perfect spot to build a shelter. Depending on the current climate or environment you may need to find higher ground. You may need to find a place that has coverage such as caves or rocks. A map will help with these decisions and a compass will help you get there. We cannot rely on our phones for this. A cell phone, although extremely helpful, is not always reliable. Are you out of service range? Is your battery starting to die? A hard copy of a map is a must-have.
- Flashlight: Darkness can be very disorienting and can lead to pretty dangerous situations. Having a light is truly essential. Many flashlights require batteries, which you should also carry with you, but some survival flashlights can be solar charged as well. Again, this is a personal choice. Many survivalist flashlights come with additional capabilities such as USB chargers.
- Water/Water Filtration: As previously discussed you can only survive three days without water. It’s absolutely imperative to have water. If you do not have access to clean water you will need to get some. A water filtration system can be used for this. Drinking unclean water can be truly detrimental to your health and safety. You must ensure that the water you are consuming has been filtered properly. Risking it, and drinking unclear or unfiltered water, can lead to very serious illnesses and even death. Having clean water, or a water filtration system, is not an option. It is mandatory for survival.
- Paracord: Paracord is an essential because it can be used for so many different things. If you haven’t read all the different ways you can use paracord check out this article. Paracord can be used for securing or building a shelter, for carrying supplies and equipment, for catching and preparing food and numerous other things. This tool is incredibly lightweight but seriously strong. Be sure to have this in your bag.
- Proper Clothing: If you’ve ever been in a survival situation then you know how your clothing can play a vital role. If you are somewhere that gets cold or wet you’ll need additional layers, boots, gloves, hat, a poncho and any other other additional items that will keep you warm and safe. If you are in a situation where you are in the heat or sun you may benefit from a hat, light layers to protect from UV rays, or sunglasses. Your clothing can greatly impact your comfort level during a survival situation. Always be sure to have extra items.
- First Aid Kit: You never know what might occur when you’re out in the wilderness. Being prepared, with a first aid kit, is definitely a good idea. A few simple items, such as band-aids, gauze, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, etc. can be easily carried but may make a huge difference. In addition to carrying a first aid kit you should probably brush up on your first aid training as well. Having some basic knowledge about first aid situations could mean the difference between life and death.
- Mini Tool Kit: You can’t possibly predict what tools you may end up needing in a survival situation. That’s why it’s a smart idea to have a multi-tool. A multi tool is essentially a piece of equipment that has numerous purposes. There is a wide variety of multi tools and you’ll have to pick which is right for you. Again, you get what you pay for. You might not want to grab the cheapest drugstore multi tool. Grab something that is reliable, lightweight, and durable.
- Rescue Whistle: God forbid you are ever in a situation where you need to alert others to where you are. But if you are, you’ll be glad you have a rescue whistle. Whistles can carry sound a lot farther than the human voice can. Whistles are a great way to ensure that you can be heard in case of an emergency.
These ten survival items will not only be beneficial for severe situations but for the mundane as well. Being prepared is always the best option.