The types of survival gear and supplies you might need in a survival situation could vary greatly depending on your situation and location. However, for basic survival these items usually fall into four categories: food and water, first aid and specific survival tools.
Years ago, my husband and I ended up stuck in the wilderness for over 10 months when our vehicle developed problems. Because we were living and traveling in a camper and towing a small cargo trailer, we really had a good supply of survival gear and supplies. Even then, there came a time when I would go out every day looking for edible plants to supplement our diet of beans and tortillas.
Sometimes Skills Are More Valuable Than Gear
We also had various tools that enabled us to chop wood for the fire, to dig pits for disposal of waste, and cook over the campfire. We had a dozen or so five-gallon buckets that we used to haul water from the river, gather tinder and kindling, gather edible plants and mushrooms and even wash clothes in.
Although we were not heavily armed, we did have a .22 rifle, which was more than adequate to provide squirrel and rabbit meat for the stewpot. It was also used to bring down a deer when we ran out of canned meat. Then because we had some screen material among our gear and supplies, I built drying screens and preserved the meat by drying it in the sun.
Note: One of the handiest things we had was a hand-crank meat slicer.
We also had a comprehensive first aid kit that I had put together in an old cosmetics travel case. Although we never had to use it for more than minor scrapes and cuts, it was a relief to know that it was there. We also practiced safe handling of all sharp tools such as axes, knives and saws, well aware than an injury could be devastating.
Part of my daily routine was to wander over the area, which ranged from mountain forest to marshy areas, river banks and mountain meadows, looking for any edible and medicinal plants. Clutching a book with color photos, I located mint for tea, rose hips as a source of Vitamin C, and other plants and mushrooms.
Hopefully you will never end up stranded in the woods, because even with all the survival gear you might have, it will not be adequate if you dont also have survival knowledge and wilderness skills. Once the stored food is used up, knowledge of plants and hunting will make the difference between survival and a slow, miserable death.
If you are heading of into the wilderness or the great outdoors there are things that you should definitely have to survive.
Obviously this long list of survival gear is a guide to help you choose from the best options.
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In a forced evacuation or a survival bug out you have to be ready to go and be able to take with you those things that will enable you to survive for an indefinite period of time. There are also steps you can take to ensure the viability of your bug out vehicle and to protect you and your family.