If you are preparing a survival kit for off grid living, then you need to ensure that you can do so effectively.
Stocking your bag with the proper survival gear is essential to ensuring your survival.
Here are 8 items which are a must.
1) Dehydrated Food
The first few days which you will be surviving will be the hardest. You will need to find food, construct a shelter, and find a source of water.
While you are doing these activities you must have some form of nutrients in order to keep yourself going.
Dehydrated food can be used as a means to keep you going. Do not eat your entire stock, however, in the first few days.
You will need to reserve some of your dehydrated food for times when the game trail runs thin.
2) Water Purification tablets
Where it is true that you can boil water to purify it to an extent, you need to have a water purifier for the times when the water is clearly not stable.
Water purification tablets are lightweight (which is a critical factor to consider when packing your survival gear) and can be bought in large quantities.
As a survivalist, you will need to ensure that you have at least 3 days’ worth of water at all times.
Even if you have boiled the water, it is best to use a water purifier to kill any bacterium which might have formed throughout the time in storage.
3) A Leatherman Multitool
Apart from your standard buck knife, you will need to have a Leatherman multitool with a large range of tools.
Again, this is for the storage considerations as well as for the functionality.
Consider how much space a saw, screwdriver, knife, file, tweezers, magnifying glass, and scissors would take up in your survival gear if packed separately.
It is recommended that you store your Leatherman in an area where water and dirt cannot get into the crevices and damage it (I would recommend storing it in a rolled up sock).
Ask anyone who has been in the army or in a survivalist situation and they will tell you that the key to keeping yourself healthy is to keep your feet dry and warm.
Wet feet can quickly immobilize anyone, especially in conditions where the foot has sweated and become irritated from walking.
When walking through streams and wet areas, it is advised that you change your socks to keep fungus and other cont Pack plenty of socks in your survival gear.
Not only will you keep your feet safe from developing athlete’s foot and other funguses, but the socks can also be used for storage, strainers, and if needed emergency bandage strips.
5) A hand axe/hatchet
Much of your survival will depend on your ability to utilize nature to your advantage.
However, if you do not have anything in which to make new tools, you are greatly at a disadvantage.
A common knife will not be enough to maintain the tools which you need.
Lumber will need to be cut in order to make shelters, spoons, bowls and fishing spears.
Also, the axe will be needed when larger game (such as deer or goose for example) needs to be cleaned.
A standard knife simply is not strong enough to cut through some bone and tissue.
The hand axe can also be used as a backup knife if needed. Alongside your axe and knife should be a whetstone to keep it sharp. A blade that is dull is not of any use.
6) Flint and Steel
A survivalist will need to stay warm as well as cook food.
Where you could make a bowdrill, the materials to do so may not be readily available or the weather conditions may not allow for you to get a fire started in that manner.
Flint and steel should be kept in your survival gear as a backup for when you cannot start a fire from other methods.
Store each separately, not to avoid starting a fire by accident (which is very rare but it could happen), but to avoid chipping of the precious material.
When possible collect additional flint. If you run out of steel, you can use the back of your knife as a substitute.
If you prefer, you can also purchase steel strips or flint and steel packs.
These are great tools to get you started.
However, you do need to know how to identify flint so that should you run out you are not without a fire.
7) A first aid kit
Common sense would dictate that you pack some form of medical treatment.
Yet, for those that need it stated, pack a first aid kit. Ensure that it has gauze, bandages, antibacterial cream, a needle, thread, superglue, aloe for burns, a thermometer (solar powered), tweezers, and fingernail clippers. You may also want to include an arm sling if you can.
Allocating a substantial amount of space to your first aid kit is necessary for your survival gear. Where some would focus on the clothing and the food, it would be more beneficial if the survivalist was well prepared for situations which are uncontrollable and outside of nature.
8 ) A complete guide to Plants and Herbs
When you are in survival mode, especially if you have been a few days without food, your mind may not recognize potential food or toxins.
A plant and herb book will help you to quickly and appropriately identify whether or not a berry bush will provide you with nourishment or with poison.
We all know not to eat the red mushrooms, but which ones can you eat?
What plants can be used for toilet paper?
What plants can be used to help a toothache?
A plant and herb guide should be able to answer some if not all of these questions for you.