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Having been camping since I was a boy, I've gained much experience in preparing for such events. Through this experience, I have developed a list of basic gear I bring so I will "be prepared" (BSA motto) if I am caught in a survival situation.

Please note, these items will not keep you comfortable, they will keep you alive. Feel free to add or change any of these items to suit your specific needs. As you gain more experience, you will begin to learn what does and doesn't work for you, and can adjust accordingly.

Step 1: Knife.

The number one most important thing I make sure to bring is a knife. They have so many uses in every day camp activities and life in general. If you find yourself in a survival situation, your chances of survival are infinitely increased with a knife. I always have a pocket knife on me for everyday use and camping.

Fixed blade knives are ideal. They are more durable and resilient than folding knives as they do not have mechanical movement. They are also better for cutting large objects such as branches. Folding knives are great for a backup and less demanding tasks.

Uses:
- cutting rope
- creating weapons
- opening packages
- boredom relief
- creating fire starters (ie: bow drill)
- building emergency shelters (cutting branches, cutting tarp, etc)
- cutting cloth for bandages (if you don't have a first aid kit)
- cutting bandages
- so much more; you discover many more uses through experience

Knife maintenance:

- If your knife becomes dirty during use, be sure to clean if off before you put it in your pocket. Ideally you would use a damp towel or rag, but if that is not readily available, I wipe it off on my pant leg. Never leave your knife wet as it may rust.

- Before I leave for a camping trip, I always check to make sure my knife is sharp. This will keep you safe during usage as you will not have to apply extra force in order to cut things. Dull tools are dangerous!

- Be sure that your knife blade is not loose (if it is a folding knife). Folding knives can loosen over time, and this dangerous. If your knife becomes loose, there should be a screw which attaches your blade to the knife housing. Just tighten this screw.

General safety:

- Don't cut toward yourself

- Make sure people are out of your "blood circle". This is the area within range of your knife in hand while your arm is extended.


Thank you everybody who is commenting, particularly those sharing tips and experience. Viewers will really benefit from all of your help! This kind of interaction is what makes the Instructables community so great, and I truly appreciate it :)
what i love """"""everybody who is commenting, particularly those sharing tips and experience. Viewers will really benefit from all of your help! This kind of interaction is what makes the Instructables community so great""""""""
What do you mean?
<p>Jeans as trousers is a poor idea, once we they're notoriously difficult to dry. As kids we were always advised to NEVER wear jeans when camping or hiking for that very reason. They'd be equally detrimental in a survival situation. </p>
<p>Agreed. Every camping trip I ever went on, they advised us to either wear 'Scout Pants' made of nylon, although I preferred Ripstop Canvas cargo pants (nylon-cotton blend). They took a bit longer to dry out, but the bigger pockets meant I could have more of my emergency kit on my body if I had to dump the pack for some reason. Like falling into a river while crossing it (And remember, if the backpack attaches to you with buckles, unbuckle before crossing the river. Losing the backpack to the water is better than drowning).</p>
<p>A CD is a nice signaling device. Mainly because you can look through the hole in the middle to see where the beam of light ended up. That makes it easy to signal people.</p>
<p>Amazing. I will be sure to take all of this when I go backpacking and camping.</p>
<p>After searching for some inspiration and ideas for survival items for a desert setting, I came across this article which is 101 items for survival in all climates. I can't think of anything that's not on the list, so I thought I would share it: http://thegentlemanhack.com/knowledge-skills/survival/101-survival-items/</p>
Definitely not the best, didn't include a folding saw/hatchet, tarp, ductape, water filtration system (ex. life straw), all the clothes were cotton making them hard to dry, and a fire striker/ tinder box kit so you don't have to spend time making a fire bow which is much harder
Does anybody know the fire starting trick where you put pottasium permangenate crystals on a piece of Paper and add glycerine before you bundle it up to use as a fire starter?<br>
<p>It's not exactly a trick. Just a chemical exothermic reaction. Works everytime if you pour the right proportions. I've done it in the backyard a few times.</p><p>But you should follow Terry.carter advice and check the video ;)</p>
<p>Yes. If you want to see it in action, just google matchless fire kit video. King of Random has a very nice video of it.</p>
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it is spelt toque by English Canadians and tuque by French Canadians. And we never call it a beanie.
But what if u have these items and u are still voted off thr island??!! Lol
But what if u have these items and u are still voted off thr island??!! Lol
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<p>Great Enstructable!</p>
Love it, thank you
Nothing to make fire with? Or did i miss some?
<p>can anyone email me with the answer to this?</p><p>i have 3ft of paracord but can only make 2 bracelets. how come i made 4?</p>
<p>hey darman12 im gonna b making a survival video on YouTube. b sure to check it out! my channel is called Ebony Saddington</p>
<p>paracord bracelets are good because you can undo the quikly and easily and paracord is very strong and durable!</p>
<p>550 cord is extremely useful. i am in Scouts and we all made paracord bracelets with 550. <em>So useful!!!</em></p>
<p>I just want to point out a few things that you missed that are unbelievably critical. </p><p>A) fire-starting kit</p><p>B) Multi-tool</p><p>C) Lantern/heavy duty flashlight - you showed a pic but didn't talk about it</p><p>D) Rations/FOOD- extremely important</p><p>E) Water purifier- even if you have water with you, that doesn't matter, you will eventually run out and need more</p><p>F) Sleeping gear- very important, I highly reccommend a bedroll, they are small and compact</p><p>That's about it. Thought you would want to see this- Darman12</p>
<p>I just want to point out a few things that you missed that are unbelievably critical. </p><p>A) fire-starting kit</p><p>B) Multi-tool</p><p>C) Lantern/heavy duty flashlight - you showed a pic but didn't talk about it</p><p>D) Rations/FOOD- extremely important</p><p>E) Water purifier- even if you have water with you, that doesn't matter, you will eventually run out and need more</p><p>F) Sleeping gear- very important, I highly reccommend a bedroll, they are small and compact</p><p>That's about it. Thought you would want to see this- Darman12</p>
<p>Thank you, darman12 for the instructable. My only complaint is that it is not what I am looking for, but then again, that's not your fault! </p><p>Thanks again darman!</p>
<p>Survival tools are so important for those who like to travel...I've seen here a lot of useful survival things..look at this http://exprogress.com/index.php/survival/the-adventurer-survival-kit-knife.html?___SID=U it saves space and can be useful in emergency situations </p>
<p>where can I but that EXACT compass?</p>
<p>We recently wrote a similar article at <a href="http://survivalseverything.com/index.php/2015/08/27/10-items-you-need-to-survive-in-the-wilderness/" rel="nofollow">http://survivalseverything.com/index.php/2015/08/2...</a></p><p>A couple of our items are different but we really like this list</p>
You do say &quot;dont want to build a survivalman roof out of leaves as you could be hunting or starting a fire&quot; but you dont list the fire starting equipment here. My pack has cotton wool and flint and steel in it.
As a Bushcraft instructor I still run on the rules of run with the skills and lessen the kit. Personal record 1 week with 2 items
What where they?<br>Ive done 2 days with Victorinox Woodsman and an iPhone 3g.
<p>At home, if you can wash your hands, you can avoid gloves, but if your <br>hands are dirty and you can't wash them, latex gloves (powder free, PF) would be very <br>useful! It that situations, they would be useful also for eating... You <br>can keep them clean all inside one of them, inside the socks.</p>
And can be used for collecting berries or maybe water in an emergenxy.
Thanks for this me and my two friends are going to play a three day survival game and we can only pack ten thungs
you might want to add a fire source to the list.
Nice list, I do recommend that my back up folding knife is part of a multi tool.
I find a small handful of nails help a lot with keeping you shelter together
And many other things
<p>Your right about cotton clothes.</p><p>Jeans actually lower your chance of making it through if wet or damp.</p><p>Modern backpacking stuff much better, drying very quickly and packing small.</p><p>Try Rail Riders or Rohan.com</p><p>Tyvec is good to have a few square yards around, much tougher than everything else.</p><p>Great 'ble</p>
<p>Selectivity may not be possible in a SHTF scenario. Two years in vietnam, 23 years military service and government provided survival training in water, rain forest/jungle, arctic, general and escape/evasion techniques have helped quite a bit with the knowledge, skills and abilities. Age and interpersonal relationships provided just enough info on character assessment and risk management to make it a tad easier in terms of knowing who or what is not worth being selective about and weapons handling with firearms, edged and primitive stock provide the rest. But, when it comes to survival, all the gear, training and knowledge won't be worth diddleysquat without the will to live!</p>
I really liked your forum, and a lot of the comments were really good as well. 550 cord is a must have love that you put that in there. I'm planning for a week long survivalist trip and looking for things I may have missed and its a solid list for a top 10 minimalist survival guide. Great work! Luckily I will have 2 other competent people not far and room for guns ammo and fishing supplies. To the person that commented about fishing, a very basic fishing kit would include fishing line, a hook, and a split-head sinker, you can use your hands to find worms or crickets for bait and local to the area you are in is always an advantage. This is a very simple but effective method using minimal tools and saving tons of space.
Try wool, i have heard it can keep you warm even when wet.
Wool is very effective at maintaining heat even when wet but not a polywool blend try to find 100% wool but it can be hard to find.

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