The tips to make your survival gear more efficient
Survival Gear comes in an array of shapes and sizes. There are those packs which seem to have everything that you need plus a lot of items which you don’t, and there are packs which fall horribly short of providing anything of use.
To make matters worse, the survivalist hype in Hollywood has led to many novelty survival packs posing as the real thing.
How then do you determine that you have a highly successful survival gear kit for off the grid living and for your disaster plan?
Here are 7 secrets to help you maximize your survival gear for maximum efficiency.
7) Cover Your Basics First
Before you start worrying about the specialty gear or what axe or shovel will work best in your gear, make sure that you have the essentials covered.
You will need to make sure that you have food, water, heat, and shelter in your pack.
- Food – your food should be in the form of dehydrated food or non-perishable food. Do not pack sugary treats of candy but focus on foods which are saturated with vitamins and proteins.
- Water – Make sure that you have at least 3 liters of bottled water to start off with. You will also need to have water purification tablets and a water filter in your pack.
- Heat – Where matches are good (so long as they are strike anywhere and not dependent upon a box) it is more advised to have flint and steel in your pack as well as a roll of string to make a bowdrill.
- Shelter – A simple tarp will make for a great shelter to start out with. I would recommend that you get a tarp that is not the bright blue or easily spotted. A dark natural color will work best for you to blend in with your surroundings. Remember, you are trying to survive.
6) Plan for the extended stay
Once you have packed your essentials then you can start to focus on tools which will help you to survive for the longer term.
Keep in mind that most Survival Packs are made to sustain you for 3 to 7 days. You will have to plan for a little bit longer than this if you want to survive.
Essential tools are:
- A Knife – A survival knife is going to be one of the most useful tools that you have. Depending on the brand that chose, the handle may allow you to store matches and have a compass. These of course are just additions (which will help).
- The main focus of your knife should be to ensure that it has both a smooth blade and a serrated edge. Also, ensure that it is 6 inches or longer. This will be your primary knife so spend the extra money and get one that is made with steel and a sturdy handle.
- An Axe – As great as your knife is, you will need an axe to help you craft tools, cut through bone on captured game, and for a vast amount of reasons. Your axe should be no longer than from your elbow to the tip of your fingers.
- Clothes – Pack practical clothes that can be used either to cover you, or if needed utilized as a tool. For example: Blue jeans can have the end of the legs tied and be used as a lifejacket/flotation device.
- When packing under garments, use either cotton or nylon. Cotton burns and can be used for fire starter if needed. Nylon melts and can be used as a welding agent. Pack plenty of socks as you will need to take exceptional care of your feet.
5) Pack Tactical Gear
When you have added the gear which will sustain you, then it is time to look at the gear which will make surviving a bit easier.
Tactical Gear in this sense is not gear which is focused on weaponry and military training.
Honestly, if you are not trained in military tactics and you decide that you are Rambo, your chances of survival are bleak. Tactics in this sense means the gear will help you blend into the environment (so as not to be a target) and those items which will make certain survival tasks easier such as:
- Solar Panel Energy Packs – Ideally you do not want to have too much stuff which relies on batteries or external power.
- However, you will need a few items (such as a flashlight for at night when you have no solar power for your primary). Buying a solar panel kit can also help when you need to heat water and cannot get that fire started.
- Multi-Plier – You will need to pack multi-tool of some kind. The reason is simple. With a multi-tool you do not have to pack all those heavy tools in your pack and you get the same functionality as if you did.
4) Consider that you might be hunkering down in an urban setting
Your survival gear needs to be catered to both wilderness survival as well as urban survival. In the event that most people flee to the wilderness, your best chances of survival will be to stay within the urban area and to forge and survive there until you can make a plan to find a sustainable camp.
Your survival bag should be equipped with gear to sustain you in both scenarios. Be aware of where you are in the country and you’ll have a better idea of what you’ll need. This will vary from state to state and whether you live out in the country or within a city.
3) Pack gear to help your mobility
When you are in survival mode, you will need to have gear that helps you to stay mobile and to cover as much ground as possible until you find that ideal location.
As terrain and other obstacles will undoubtable cause you a bit of trouble, especially with a pack on your back, consider packing a belay device.
You should also construct a topper for your walking stick to act as a quick crutch.
This can be done by modeling a piece of wood (much like a bearing block) with a hole as big as the top of your walking stick.
2) Remember Knowledge is Power
Regardless of your training, there will be times when you are just stumped.
The best way to handle these situations is to have a wilderness survival guide as well as a plant and herb book in your pack.
These do not need to be huge hardback books, but can be paperback guides which you can put in a side pouch or carry in your pocket.
1) Common Sense
The key to having great survival gear is to use common sense.
I have seen packs that have a ton of ammunition and handguns but no dehydrated food or water, packs that have all food and no clothing, packs that have flares and stun guns, pet food, and even packs that have devices with multi-plug devices.
The fact of the matter is that people pack luxuries and what they want to have instead of what is practical in most cases.
Use a bit of common sense as well as ask yourself these questions and you will have survival gear that maximizes your potential of survival:
- What is the main function of this item and can it be used for any other purpose?
- Is it essential to my survival or a luxury?
- Will others be willing to kill me over this? If so is it worth having?
- How heavy is it?
- It is practical of just something that I want?