Do you really need to prepare wilderness survival tools when everything you need can be had with just a tap of the hand? People take so many things for granted because of technological advances that continually make living more convenient. Almost 90 percent of homes in the US alone have been dependent on electricity. In fact, a blackout for more than two days can already be considered a national disaster in other countries as well.
With this apparent disconnection from the reality of the vast wilderness out there, it is only fitting to reassess crucial factors that can assist in your survival and that of your loved ones. To get you started, these tools can be of help.
1. Survival Knife
When it comes to the most basic of survival tools in the wilderness, there is nothing more important than a knife. From hunting food to making shelter and fire, this simple yet necessary tool can be a standalone requirement to keep you alive while out there among predators and preys. You can hunt for meat and fish, dig, carve or cut all things edible and thirst-quenching with something as convenient as a DAX Survival Knife. Choosing one can be a challenge though as you need to consider durability, reliability and portability. The one above comes with a 550 Paracord handle, fire starter, whistle and a fixed 420 stainless steel blade with protective sheath.
2. Water Filter.
Man can survive for days without food. But with no potable water source, he can only endure to a maximum of 3 days. This makes a personal water filter like the Lifestraw a handy lifesaver when out in the wild. You can stuff it into your bugout backpack or hang right at your pant’s waistline. Filtering water from waterborne disease-causing microorganisms, the Lifestraw personal walter filter allow you to drink from streams to brooks, and other water source without any worries.
While a night vision goggles may be the best way to go when wanting not to lose your way in the wild at night, having a flashlight can be of great help when trying to find your way around. Choose one that’s waterproof, have high lumens and can be charged via solar mechanism.
There are many ways to make fire. But why go through all the hassle when you can simply snap a Ralix Spark Magnesium Firestarter into your belt loop. Waterproof and durable, simply gather dry leaves and twigs then, ignite with the firestarter. It also comes with a whistle and compass to help you signal others without losing your voice. Old-school compass that comes with it will also be most useful instead of the usual GPS, which may not work without a signal or in the event of an EMP attack.
5. Emergency Blanket.
The nights in the wild can be overwhelmingly cold. This makes a survival blanket a must-have as they provide needed insulation for the body. The emergency blanket above is so portable that you can sneak it into your backpack’s small pocket. You can use it as a body cover or as a makeshift tent as shelter.
6. Trauma First Aid Kit
Cuts, blisters and bruises can be quite common when trudging the wild. Accidents can happen, too, knowing that the terrain can be quite hard to get used to. It is then highly recommended to pack along a trauma first aid kit complete with blood-clotting solution pouch. This will be enough to keep you alive without losing blood while waiting for rescue.
7. Paracord (or Tampons!)
Wear a paracord bracelet whenever, wherever. Or perhaps, loop one into your belt line. The A2S Protection Paracord Bracelet K2-Peak, for instance, functions as a compass, firestarter and scrapper, emergency knife and whistle for signaling. Don’t have a paracord? Bring a few tampons with you. It can be used as dressing for wounds, fire tinder, water filter, tactical string, and even as a fishing bobber.
To prepare, expert survivalists and rescue specialists also recommended brushing up on your survival skills. Read a book. Enroll in basic training. While it these wilderness survival tools can be of great help, cultivating your primal instinct and honing your lifesaving skills will ultimately be the catalyst of you getting out there alive.
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