Let’s be honest. A person could spend days trying to find the “perfect” survival knife, combing through articles, reviews, reading expert opinions, etc. But in truth, any full-tang knife capable of fine carving tasks could probably serve you well. In this article, we get back to the basics and look at common-sense choices for your basic survival gear needs.
Can it happen to you?
Folks may point to statistics that say your lifetime odds of being killed by a natural disaster are roughly 1 in 3,500 and say that preparing for survival is a waste of time. But those statistics don’t take into account the risk of being injured in the wilderness, or losing your home, or having your property damaged. Ask the hiker who fell down a slope and broke his leg whether it could happen to you.
The truth is, no one knows how likely it is that you’ll be caught in a situation where survival skills are useful. It all depends on your lifestyle and where you live. Just like the best gear for you.
Perhaps you don’t see a reason to prepare for the end of the world. We can’t tell you that you should. All we can say is that it’s reasonable to stockpile a few basic pieces of equipment and supplies.
A list of basic survival gear needs
So let’s say you analyze the risk and conclude that it’s worth it to invest in the basics without going overboard. What are those basics? Well, there’s:
Food and water: What if something happens to the water system and you have to subsist off bottled water for a while? Ask the people of Flint Michigan if that’s a possibility. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some bottled water before the rush?
What if you live a few hours from civilization and your car breaks down. What will you eat?
We recommend having bottled water and canned goods sufficient for several days stockpiled at all times.
Light and Power: Power outages are relatively common, but always seem to take us by surprise. Without electronics, we’re suddenly thrust into a world with which most of us have little experience.
A hand-crank radio, solar-powered lantern with charging capabilities, and a few extra flashlights will go a long way.
Medical Supplies: No matter where you live, it’s a good idea to have first aid gear available at a moment’s notice. Keep a kit in your vehicle and a kit in your home, and you’ll be relatively prepared.
Supplies include bandages, antiseptic lotions/sanitizers, painkillers/prophylactic medicines such as ibuprofen, tweezers, sewing kits, thermometers, and hydrogen peroxide.
Equipment: Those of us who live in the country likely have a variety of implements and tools that are necessary for survival. Items like pocket knives, axes, shovels, tear-resistant bags, duct tape, rope, and so on. If you live in a city, an ax for cutting firewood may seem like a silly thing to own, but you never know. Don’t be caught without the essentials in an emergency.
It’s an investment
A stockpile of basic survival necessities is an inexpensive investment that will pay off big time in an emergency. It’s insurance against unknowns in the future. It’s only prudent. You don’t need to spend hours researching the correct brands for all of your equipment, nor do you necessarily need to take advanced training courses in wilderness survival. The basics are where it’s at. The basics will keep you safe.
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