To hear or read about the experiences of people who have gotten lost in the outdoors, or their vehicle stuck in a remote area, they’ll all tell you the simple fact that they never dreamed they would get in a bad situation.
Which is exactly why every single time you head off for a day or weekend in the outdoors, you take a few moments to grab your outdoor survival gear and have it if you need it.
My friends and family have been known to tease me about the fact that anytime I exit my vehicle in the great outdoors I either grab my small back or my big backpack.
It doesn’t matter if we are simply pulled over to the side of the road to walk down a bank to the river that’s 40 feet from the road…I grab my small pack. If we are going to take a walk off the beaten path, I grab my big backpack of gear. It’s a habit I never mind but I do know if I didn’t take one of my packs with me and I encountered a situation I WOULD deeply regret not bringing a pack.
Basics that should be in BOTH packs:
- Emergency Survival Whistle
- First Aid Kit
- Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case or fire starter
- Emergency Mylar Thermal Blanket
- Nylon cord
- Utility knife
- Water purification tablets or Personal Water Filter
- Water bottle
- Energy Bar
- Zip lock bag with a few items collected from your home. Safety pins, folded up aluminum foil, coil up some wire and wrap duct tape around a pencil, etc….
In your larger pack, think about what you personally would like with you in an emergency situation that lasts several days. Weight is ALWAYS a consideration, but you can added an expanded version of the basics to a larger daypack that provides extras like:
- Emergency Survival Mylar Sleeping Blanket
- a lightweight waterproof fold up jacket
- additional prepackaged foods
- a second water bottle
- map of the area you will be in
- an expanded First Aide kit
- an extra pair of socks