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Life Out There: Survival Kit

      "Out there;" a phrase often used to describe the vast wildernesses that cover a large amount of the world. It is a place where human beings fear to go, where terror reigns and a travelers' only companions are the thoughts in his head, and the rustling of the wind. Those who venture into this land of fear and adventure unprepared seldom make it out unscathed, and in many cases, alive. The only way to make it through an ordeal, out there, is to have the ultimate survival kit ready at your disposal. This Instructable will show you the key concepts and items that should go in to a good survival pack.
 
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Step 1: HIKING EQUIPMENT

       Some of the most important things to include in a survival kit are basic hiking tools. These tools can help you navigate and stay safe as you travel through the wilderness. Items that will protect you and help guide you through the climate and terrain of the wild are included in this section.

Items to include:

-A small umbrella: An umbrella will allow you to travel further during inclement weather conditions without risking sickness or exposure, and can also be used for shelter.
-A knife: A knife will allow you to easily kill food and cut down plants to navigate through dense foliage. It can also be used to build shelter and to provide protection.
-A compass: One of the most basic yet necessary of all hiking tools. This item will help you navigate and find your way through any environment, and also provide a means of documenting landmarks and goal points for travel.
-An emergency blanket: An emergency blanket is necessary for keeping warm at night, providing shelter, and, in intense survival situations, to provide shelter from fire and heat. Easily foldable enough to fit in a pocket, these blankets are a must-have for any survival kit and any environment.
-A whistle: A whistle not only will allow you to contact others in a group survival situation, but can also be used to alert rescuers of your location and need. They can also be used to frighten off predators such as bears and mountain lions, and to measure the depths of caves through their echoes.
nerfrocketeer (author) 9 months ago
If you liked this, please feel free to leave a comment! :)
Neurosys008 months ago
Hello, I came across this guide while searching for outdoor survival tips and first I want to say thanks for creating this guide it is very useful. I do have a few suggestions that will make this pack better for long term survival. I wouldn't recommend a folding knife for survival purposes as the folding mechanism can break. Something along the lines of a full tang Buck hunting knife would be much better and in a pinch you can use it to split logs.

Also, I'm not sure what brand compass that is but it looks like it might be missing some items that are pretty important for map navigation like a rotating degree ring, and a clear base with navigation lines that can be overlayed on a map. A bonus is a compass with a magnifying lens because that may come in handy in other ways.

And if you're going to pack all this other stuff you might want some kind of water purification even though most wild running water in North America is perfectly safe.

Someone else in the comments mentioned a commando survival saw, these are great because you can also use them as a snare for small animals.

And finally I think people should include a hatchet. It is the most important survival tool you can have in North America. You can get one with a sheath and clip it onto your bag and if you are seriously in trouble it will probably save your butt.

Aside from these improvements I think your guide is very well written and the tips are spot on and the packing section is a very nice inclusion as it's usually skipped over in a lot of survival posts.

nerfrocketeer (author)  Neurosys008 months ago
Thank you for your input!

The compass is basically a cheap thing that I found lying around. I will get a better one at some point though. :)

As for water purification I did hear about a trick with putting water in a glass bottle with subsidized iodine pellets. I don't know the credibility of this method, but I did put it in the "other things you can add" section.

But I hadn't thought about a hatchet and saw. Mostly breaking trees is easier around here with your bare hands. It is a very good suggestion and one I will definitely add to my kit.

Thank you very much for your suggestions! They were very helpful! :)
jweinstein jr8 months ago
Just don't let oil get on the pages. It pulls off the ink
nerfrocketeer (author)  jweinstein jr8 months ago
Ok!
jweinstein jr9 months ago
I bought it a local Christian book store around me. You can get it online too. I found it here http://www.thepathfinderstore.com/waterproof-bible-kjv/
nerfrocketeer (author)  jweinstein jr9 months ago
Oh! Ok! Thats really cool! I've never heard of those before!
jweinstein jr9 months ago
First person I've seen include a bible. Very nice. As far as knives you should have a few with you anyway. The hollow handled "survival" knives are trash. Leave them to decorate the store shelves. Look into getting a wire saw. It is small and helps a lot versus trying to hack through with a knife. I haven't put together my bag yet but that will be included. I have a water proof bible just in case. You can water proof matches by giving them a light coating of nail polish. Hope this helps.
nerfrocketeer (author)  jweinstein jr9 months ago
Thanks! Those are some great tips! But how did you get a waterproof bible!? 80
jtmax249 months ago
Hey, I love how you did your kit/backpack. It's very well documented with loads of pictures and instructions. To me personally seems like a LOT of repeat stuff and a lot of extra weight, but it that works for you that's fantastic. You spend about $250 on all your stuff? sounds like it would have been cheaper to goto amazon.com and got a Emergency kit for less than $90.
nerfrocketeer (author)  jtmax249 months ago
Thanks! Yeah, it does have some repeated stuff, but for me that is only because I made this kit for use in multi-person survival situations. I would be able to distribute supplies so everyone could have about the same amount of resources. XD my amount of money estimate is compiled from things I bought over time, at different places, and also accounts for replacing the food, water, and other things over time. :) The $250 price is for the initial year+replacements. Every year after that you only have to replace the food and resources and such. That only costs about $20-30 a year. Thank you for viewing this! :)
Pizzaman019 months ago
Not bad but it needs a little bit of renovating. Nice idea though.
nerfrocketeer (author)  Pizzaman019 months ago
Ok thanks! Do you have any suggestions?
Dimsum Guy9 months ago
I voted for you!
nerfrocketeer (author)  Dimsum Guy9 months ago
Thank you very much! =D
hunter9999 months ago
Haha awesome as always! Every step is well documented as it has certainly earnt my vote. Keep it up Nerfrock! =D
nerfrocketeer (author)  hunter9999 months ago
Thanks! Your payment has been sent! ;)
Cheers!
nerfrocketeer (author)  nerfrocketeer9 months ago
(Its a thank you gift)
MeGusta9 months ago
I would recommend getting a bigger knife. For cutting, sawing, and protection.
nerfrocketeer (author)  MeGusta9 months ago
Good idea! The knife shown has about a three inch blade. What size do you suggest?
Probably a fixed blade survival knife that's around seven inches long. A lower quality one will have a hollow chamber in the handle, but that's not good because the handle will tend to fall off. I would recommend the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Survival Knife. For around $60.00 it's pretty high quality
nerfrocketeer (author)  MeGusta9 months ago
Ok! Sounds good! Thanks! I think I've seen that knife before at O.W.
Probably a fixed blade survival knife that's around seven inches long. A lower quality one will have a hollow chamber in the handle, but that's not good because the handle will tend to fall off. I would recommend the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Fixed Blade Survival Knife. For around $60.00 it's pretty high quality
Xthinker9 months ago
It would probably be a good idea to include a fixed blade knife, you can get a very well made one for quite cheap called a Morakniv. Another thing to add would be a fire-steel, it is much more efficient than sparking rocks, and it will work muck better! I've linked a very cheap one, however it would be wise to get a better one! You could also do with a way to achieve food, you've mentioned the fishing wire and a gun, however if it is a matter of price... you could always go for a pellet or BB gun, a pellet gun will give you more power however the BB gun ammo will be more common. Both of the ones i have listed are CO2 powered, only based on price, if you have more money to spend go for a break barrel or multi-pump gun. There are also rifles available for little cost. 

Have a great time surviving!
nerfrocketeer (author)  Xthinker9 months ago
Those are great suggestions! All of the things you mentioned look really useful and versatile. I did mention a magnesium flint stick (step 23), however, which is a fire steel with a piece of flint that produces an ember. The guns are pretty good too, as I've seen them before. I might pick one up sometime. Thank you for your input! I hope I-or anyone else will never have to use this kit... :)
SigEpDrummer9 months ago
Pretty good, check out the bushcraftusa forums, they may help you to learn tricks of the trade that can help you lessen the amount of equipment you're taking. Knowledge is always the most powerful tool/weapon you can have when facing the elements and nature!
nerfrocketeer (author)  SigEpDrummer9 months ago
Thanks! Ill check that out! :)
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