When it comes to being caught in natures grasps, there are many elements you will need to overcome. There are many aspects you will need to consider. When you go out into the elements, you will need to have all of your supplies ready to be used when you need them. You will need to have some tools ready, along with shelter, warmth, food, water, and most of all, medical supplies to keep you in tip-top shape to outsmart the elements and creatures that reside within. Now with that said let’s get started with my wilderness survival equipment and tips.
Tools. Can’t build it if you can’t cut it
Tools are one of the many essentials you will need to beat the elements and to overcome nature. The best tools you will need to bring with you are as shown below.
In all cases of survival you are going to need to cut, hack, whittle, or skin something to survive. In this case, a knife would be necessary when needing to skin a kill or whittle a pole for spear fishing. Speaking of sharpening a pole, a machete will also be a useful tool for such a task, along with hacking you way through thick bushes or cutting branches for shelter and fire. They are also good with defending yourself against most animals who find you very tasty, which in turn can can save you life along with supplying with food yourself.
A rope or para cord is a very good item to have when dealing with nature. It can be used for holding together you shelter along with trapping small prey with the use of a noose and sticks to make a trap. If you are in an area full of bears, the rope or para cord can also be good for tying you extra food up high in trees.
- Fire Starter
Fire starters are good to have to get a fire going so you can get warm and cook you food. I doubt anybody likes to eat raw meat if they don’t like to. They are relatively cheap at most stores as well.
- Water Filter
A water filter is useful if the water is not good to drink. Most of the time, there isn’t a way to tell if the water you have access to is even safe to drink. The filter is a good way to make sure you don’t get ill and lose the strength to carry on. They are also sold at a fair amount at most stores.
If you are stuck in the wilderness without knowing what’s what or where’s where then a compass and/or a map will be a great way to know. Normally a map of where you’re at may not be available but a compass will always know where north or south is.
This may sound crazy but a survivor wouldn’t be caught dead without a mirror or other type of equally reflective item for the fact that it is good for reflecting light to alert nearby rescuers of you location if you end up running into any. Size doesn’t matter in this category. A small mirror can reflect light up to 100 miles away.
A mirror wouldn’t really help much after dark so the next best item to have would be a flare. These guys put off a nice bright light that can be seen up to 30 miles. Personally I would purchase the waterproof flares.
Shelter and Warmth. Beat the conditions
When you are stuck in the middle of nowhere and you’re cold, wet, and hungry, you’ll need some kind of shelter and fire to stay warm, protected and to keep the rain off you back. In order to stay warm, you’ll have to have a source like a fire. To have a fire you’ll need dry enough wood and some easily combustible material like dead grass/hay, leaves, or old dry fabrics like cotton. Using the clothing you currently wear is NOT a recommendable action. Once you get you fire started, you can use it to dry them out and wear again to keep even warmer. A fire starter will be of great use here. Set the wood in a tepee like formation with the combustible material underneath. The fire starter should make a spark good enough to light this.
The shelter would be a simple task to make. Using the machete to cut branches long enough to hold together with the para cord or rope might be exhausting sometimes but well worth it. Once the branches are tied in a tepee or even straight across at preferably a 45 degree angle, Which would require support on each corner like two well spaced trees, you can then place a way to keep the rain and weather out like thick smaller branches with a decent amount of leaves on them or if you in abundance, clay is okay as well.
Food and Water. Never go without
Now as I mentioned before, water may or may not be fresh enough to drink straight from the stream. A way to help with this is a water filter as I also mentioned before. If you lack the filter and you have a way to hold the water, you can use the fire you’ve built earlier to heat the water to a boil. Sometimes the water may need to be evaporated to be purified. In order to do this in the wild, just place the water over the fire with the top closed off while having a sort of funnel leading from the container with the water in it to another cleaner and empty container. The evaporation of the water will rise, leading through the funnel and drip into the other cup. That would confirm that the bacteria will have been killed off.
There are plenty of ways to get food in the wild. A wide variety of plants, fish, and land animals are sustainable. In extreme cases there are also insects that provide necessary nutrients needed to sustain you life. Even though there are some fish and land animals that require extra care before they are edible like the puffer fish or venomous snakes, most plants and insects are poisoners and may lead to serious health problems or even death. Here are a few that are poisonous and should NOT be eaten or handled.
lily of the valley, caster oil plant, the leaves of a rhubarb, oleander, rhododendron, azalea, water hemlock and many more.
- bullet ant, kissing bug, tsetse fly, blister beetles, fire brat, and many more.
This list is an example of a few poisonous or dangerous plants and insects to not eat. There are many more so before you decide to try them please do you research before attempting to consume certain types of plants, insects, fish, or animals.
Medical supplies. The necessities
Now here are the medical supplies you’ll definitely need in order to beat the poisons and injuries of the wild.
- Sterile gloves
- saline or other Eye drops
- Pain killers
- Antivenom (if possible)
And there you have it everyone. That’s my list of wilderness supply equipment as well as tips and techniques on surviving mother nature’s wrath. Please let me know if there was any dire information I might have missed and I will get to work on it as soon as possible. Thank you all and I hope you enjoy.