Wilderness Survival Kits

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A wilderness survival kit should usually contain a signal mirror, a whistle, a fire starter, a compass, fish hooks, razor blades, duct tape, matches and first-aid supplies. Learn about including a flashlight, map and wiring in a survival kit with help from a recreational kayaking instructor and outdoor adventurer in this free video on wilderness survival skills.

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Your personal survival kit is going to be something that you want to think about. There is going to be some very basic, very similar things in everybody's survival kit. One of those things is going to be water. One of those things is going to be food or ways to procure food. Another thing is going to be shelter or ways to make shelter. So let's take a little bit of time looking at some things. This is one little kit made by Adventure Medical Kits, and this is the SOL kit, which is short for Survive Outdoors Longer. And in here there is a signal mirror, a whistle, fire starting, a compass, fish hooks, razor blades, duct tape, matches, and a survival divvy sack. Look at how small that it is. It weighs only ounces. Now this is one that is already pre-packaged. You can pre-pack, you can make your own. You don't have to buy a pre-packaged one, but this gives you a good example of what is in there. Obviously a good sturdy knife is going to be something that you will want to consider or a multi-tool. Both are very useful, have a variety of uses in and around camp, and during a survival situation. Ways to start fire whether it is lighters, water proof matches, things like that. Some type of small personal first aid kit. This might be a little bit big for a survival kit, but in your survival kit you want to have some small bandages, some antibiotics, maybe some ways to close wounds, large wounds, some butterfly or some steri strips, and things of that nature. You don't need something this big in your survival kit. Flashlights, map and compass, survival blankets, dental floss or wiring, wire are useful for putting things together, tying things up. It doesn't take much space. So when you are considering your personal survival kit think about the things that you want to do, things that you want to try, how long do you want to go out for, how comfortable do you want to be. Also along with that is knowing how to use the stuff. So spend some time practicing with the equipment. Spend some time building natural fires, and shelters, finding ways to cook, and prepare water. Many people put lots of different things in their survival kits, but experiment and enjoy. Remember to survive the unexpected survival situation by preparing up here, and bringing some stuff with you. Safe adventures.

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