Essentials for Survival Situations


Essentials for Survival Situations



When you live in the land of modern conveniences, it is easy to forget that things may not remain the same. Filling a bag with a few survival items might make the difference in surviving until help arrives or staying on your own for an indefinite length of time. Face it; even Daniel Boone had a knife.

Insulated Sleeping Bag:

The insulated sleeping bag keeps you warm and dry and withstands temperatures below + 10 degrees. Buying a sleeping bag for multiple weather conditions is a good idea. They are easy to carry and may protect against below-zero temperatures. Look at the EN rating. It will help you choose the best bag.

Large 2-quart pot:

A big pot for boiling water or food preparation is always handy. There are few containers to hold liquids in a survival circumstance, and this item would be a real help.


This instrument is sharp and cuts wood or branches that can help to create a shelter. You might wonder how to keep a saw in a pack. Well, there are camping saws that store the same way a pocketknife does. It flips closed and opens when needed. It is a handy tool for making a quick shelter, and it is made from the rust-resistant material.

Fishing Line with Multiple Hooks:

Bodies of water are familiar to those trying to survive. Therefore, fishing hooks of all sizes are useful. The purchase of this tool is never a waste. If you enjoy hiking and fishing, the hooks are always useful. Eating fish you catch is always an adventure and the outings make great memories.


This sharp tool is great for chopping things. It is heavy and is an essential tool for survival. In earlier centuries, groups have made axes from stone and wood. However, a steel instrument is a far more reliable and stronger tool.

Flint or Spark Producing Rod:

In survival conditions, fire is one of the key elements for warmth, cooking food, and protection. It is not only a physical element of survival but emotional as well. Fire creates comfort. You can work on rubbing two sticks together. That would work but the flint or spark rod would be a lot easier.

Water Purifier and Canteen:

Having a small water purifier could be a great source of comfort when there is a survival situation. You can take water from rivers, lakes or streams and purify it giving you a live-saving drink. Once water is purified, it is important to have a container that holds the clean water. A person can only manage a few days without water, so, keeping clean water in a secure place is crucial to survival. These containers have carried soldiers through battles, carried on horseback riding through mountainous terrain, and packed by travelers in some of the most infamous deserts in the world. Therefore, the canteen is one of the first things you pack.


Many people at an early age understand the need for a versatile knife. The Boy Scout knife with its many tools is an example of the importance of the knife. It is a tool for work, food preparation, and protection. The things a person can do with a knife are multiple. You can cut clothing, cut vines, pry things open, and use it to assist with first aid.

Waterproof Boots:

You want to be prepared with a few basic necessities like Ariat mens waterproof work boots. Good boots that keep the feet dry are an important part of survival. If a person cannot walk, the chance of survival is practically over. The condition or climate may not be of your choosing in a survival situation. Cold wet climates or rugged terrain is met a little easier with a sturdy, well-constructed waterproof boot.

Small Gauge Net for Food Storage:

The process for storing food out of the reach of animals is important when camping or when in a survival situation. It is necessary for the safety of all involved not to have food accessible to animals.

When in a survival position, it is very possible you will not have access to the many tools you keep in your garage. Leaving may be gradual or immediate. So, preparation is important. These items are inexpensive and small enough to carry around. So take the list and store up. Just in case.


Essential for Survival Situations



Gary Benton has over 45 years of outdoor experience in camping, hiking, fishing, and other activities. He's no armchair survival man, he's walked the walk from the arctic to the desert and all the area in between. Gary has an associates degree in Search and Rescue, Survival Operations, a B.S. in Industrial Occupational safety, and all but his thesis completed for a M.S. in Counseling Psychology.
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