Basic Components of a Survival Kit
The great outdoors are a wonderful place to be in, for fun and also for exercise. There is no end to the amount of fun you shall get while out there. But with so much fun comes a lot of chances for things to go wrong. You therefore should always head out when you are prepared. When you are so far away from civilization, you need to have survival gear that will help you cope with the situation. There are some basic survival gear that you cannot miss in your survival kit in any outdoor excursion.
You cannot miss a means to communicate your whereabouts, such as a mobile phone or radio. The phone is best when it has a full charge and is within a network area. You also need to have a GPS unit. You should also be to use it at any location to tell where you are, thus not get lost.
You cannot miss to have a knife. They are more convenient to carry and still function well when you need to cook or build something.
You will also need a first aid kit in case you get injured. With it, you shall survive until you get proper medical attention.
It is important to carry some water. People tend to focus on packing other things that they forget how important it is to have water while you are out there.
It is water that shall help you avoid dehydration and heat stroke. You also need to bring along some food that is not easily perishable. It should be in an appropriate packaging which allows you to keep using it without spoiling the rest of your stock.
You also need some material you can use to build a shelter. Having a knife is only the first step. This will be how you kept yourself dry and protected if it begins to rain or snow.
You need to also dress in layers of clothes. The thinner layers are what will protect you when it is hot out there. You then need the thicker layers for the cold season, and as it gets dark. Do not forget clothing to repel the rain, such as caps and hats. When you are in layered clothing, you can easily adapt to the temperature changes in your surroundings.
You need to think of the type of footwear you shall have on while out there. If you will be going for long distances, you should make sure your feet are not in uncomfortable shoes all the way. You will especially need comfortable shoes if you happen to get lost and thus spend longer out there than you anticipated.
A flashlight cannot be forgotten. It has been known to save people’s lives. IT shall get dark and you will need to have it handy. You need to see properly, no matter where you are.