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  • MattJ93 commented on darman12's instructable 10 Essentials for Wilderness Survival2 months ago
    10 Essentials for Wilderness Survival

    I have built a few different packs for different purposes. I have a day pack set-up with what I'd need should an outdoor outing go bad in some way forcing me to spend an unplanned night or more outdoors along with managing minor to moderate injury. I have a get home bag, in case I was 10-50 miles from home and stranded by a natural disaster, or such forcing me to walk home. I have a bug out or extended survival pack set-up to hopefully have all I need to survive days or weeks in the outdoors and even to be a good start if it was a very long term situation. All three packs have the stuff on this list, plus Fire, Water Purification, Food and some sleep gear. For Fire in a more simple and light pack a mini bic lighter is fine, but I prefer 2-3 means of making fire, plus 1 or 2 kinds of...see more »I have built a few different packs for different purposes. I have a day pack set-up with what I'd need should an outdoor outing go bad in some way forcing me to spend an unplanned night or more outdoors along with managing minor to moderate injury. I have a get home bag, in case I was 10-50 miles from home and stranded by a natural disaster, or such forcing me to walk home. I have a bug out or extended survival pack set-up to hopefully have all I need to survive days or weeks in the outdoors and even to be a good start if it was a very long term situation. All three packs have the stuff on this list, plus Fire, Water Purification, Food and some sleep gear. For Fire in a more simple and light pack a mini bic lighter is fine, but I prefer 2-3 means of making fire, plus 1 or 2 kinds of tinder tinder. WetFire tinder is great, but you can use dryer lint or cotton balls with vaseline rubbed on them too. I just pack an empty pill bottle full. For a second fire starter I use a Ferro rod with striker.For Water Purification aquapur or Oasis tabs are light and pretty cheap, even cheaper is a small vial of bleach. My more comprehensive packs have a Lifestraw or Sawyer mini filter kit. For Food, I carry at minimum a couple Clif Bars and some Sport Beans. My bigger packs have ER bars from Quake Care.My day pack has a compact Bivy sack down in the bottom. My other packs would be accompanied at all times by a heavy wool blanket bed roll and/or a compact dri-down sleeping bag.I have also added a folding saw, hatchet, extra knife, multi-tool, Scotch eyed auger, wire etc in my big bag. If I had the luxury of bugging out by vehicle, I pile in more tools. You can make a lot with a few basic tools in the wilderness, it's really hard to make the tools if you don't have them. Take a partner or at least a good dog if at all possible.

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