Introduction: Wilderness Survival Kit (updated)

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There are only a few basic needs for survival in the wilderness.:

Fire: You should have some thing to light a fire. A lighter or Firesteel will do the job well, but if the only things you can get are matches, USE THEM!
Water: You will probably want to make your camp near a water source such as a stream or spring. To make sure that  you don't poison your water supply by taking a crap next to the spring, try to go downhill from the water source. Before you can drink the water,  you MUST filter it. You can do this by boiling you water in a tin can, or by using a water filter.
Shelter: I would build a lean to by finding a large enough rock and getting enough sticks to build a  small shelter.
Food:  You all know how it goes! FOOD=CALORIES=ENERGY=SURVIVAL! You can get small game by using snares with acorns or other foods that animals like.
Navigation+Signalling: You can use an old CD as a signal mirror. To find your way around, any compass will do, as long as you trust it.
Tools: You should at the minimum have a pen knife or multitool with a knife on it. You can go all out and get a hunting knife (I prefer having both) with a 3-5 inch blade. I also like to have a kitchen knife for cleaning animals that I would kill to get food.
First Aid: It always pays off to have a small first aid kit to come in handy when you get a boo-boo out in the woods. You should keep a couple baby wipes in it to help  when you take a dump in the woods because you are not going to want to wipe your Butt with a leaf! I can tell you that for a fact (Not that I've tried it :) )

Step 1: Hats

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If you are in a sunny environment, or a winter wonderland, you will want a hat.

Step 2: Boots

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You should always have some boots that you think are comfortable, so you don't get blisters on your feet while you are trekking through the woods.

Step 3: Gloves

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Gloves are a must have when you are in a cold climate. You do not want your fingers to freeze and turn black and fall off....... all while you are lost in the woods.

Step 4: Fire Starting Tools

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You will always want to have a warm crackling blaze instead of a cold dark night. Here are some tools for that.

Step 5: Knives and Tools

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Knives and Multi Tools are the best when you need to build something or cut something in the woods.

Step 6: The Real Book of Camping

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This book is AMAZING! It is perfect for any beginner in survival.

Step 7: Lighting

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If you can't get a fire going, it is good to have a couple of flashlights in case you have to be in the dark.

Step 8: First Aid

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It is always good to have a first aid kit.  Yours should contain at least a few band-aids and some antibiotic ointment for cuts. 

Step 9: Bandana

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Bandanas are good for a variety of things. You can filter out large particles in stream or spring water, or you can use it to keep your face warm in the winter and fall.

Step 10: Coffee Can and Rigid Metal Netting

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A coffee can is good for a whole variety of things. You can use it to boil water in it. The metal netting is good for  supporting the coffee can to boil water.

Step 11: Rope Net

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A rope net is good for many traps for animals and it is also good for holding up cover in a shelter.

Step 12: Compasses

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Two compasses will probably guide you to where you are going if you got off the trail.

Step 13: Bug Repellent

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You will probably go mad without this.

Step 14: Metal Bar

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This is good for if animals are attacking you, you can just whack them, or when you are messing with the fire.

Step 15: Sewing Kit

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Sewing kits are good for killing the hole in your sock when its bugging you like there's no tomorrow.

Step 16: Signal Mirror and Signal Light

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A CD is a good signal mirror to have. A small key chain red light is also a good signal.

Step 17: Pure Water

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Pure water is DEFINITELY something you should have in your survival kit!

Step 18: Notebook and Pencil

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Lets face it. If you could not write one thing down, you would go CRAZY!!!!!

Step 19: Rain Poncho

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Rain ponchos are great for the rain. They keep you dry and (possibly) warm.

Step 20: Plastic Bags

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Plastic bags are the bomb when it comes to food storage.

Step 21: Fishing Kit

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It is good to have a small fishing kit to catch some easy dinner!

Step 22: Candles

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These are good to have for easy light if you cannot find your flashlight.

Step 23: Aluminum Foil

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This is good if you have some meat you want to cook over the fire.


Danger_Dolan (author)2017-10-15

hey I am a Boy Scout too!

pcanywii (author)2016-01-14

I am making one of these for my wilderness survival merit badge in Boy Scouts, and this is really helpful! Thx alot!!

4WantofaNail (author)2015-09-30

Still into preparedness i wonder?

knexbug (author)2013-10-02

i am tyying to make the smallest survival kit EVER SHALL I POST??

Wyattr55123 (author)2013-06-28

Not that having it on you is a problem, but it would be best to read it and remember it, so you don't take ten minutes trying to figure out can I eat this plant.

EmcySquare (author)2011-12-19

Your compasses show some disagreement
Whitch will you trust?
May be they are too close but that shows they are easy to fool by environment.
Take care if you plan to trust your life in those...

pdc (author)EmcySquare2012-10-02

True. If actually in a wilderness and intending to survive, it might be worth investing in a decent compass (such as a Silva or prismatic type) and learning how to use it. Better navigation will enable you to get from a to b without getting lost and wasting calories, thus improving your chance of survival.
Perhaps those 2 little ones were giving bad readings due to the proximity of that huge metal bar! ;-)

WildWalkerCT (author)EmcySquare2011-12-20

ohh that! thats cause i just put them down the second before i took that picture

EmcySquare (author)WildWalkerCT2011-12-21

;-) Don't you mind about it, mine was a stupid consideration.

I bought a few compasses and many of them don't tell the same "true" north.
(Made in China? what's not Made in China anyway nowadays?)
I found that compasses with a rotating disk tend to be more error prone, I guess that they put the sticker over the disk with little care or something.
While with needle pointers errors are harder to make.
But again this is not a rule. It is always better to check them anyway...

WildWalkerCT (author)EmcySquare2011-12-21

yupp! its always good to check

Redmonkey17 (author)2011-12-18

Also, the trailer netting could be used as a hammock.

Redmonkey17 (author)2011-12-18

instead of plastic floats in your fishing kit, you can use ballons. (water bomb balloons would be ok)

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