Essential Tips For Your Survival kit
It is easy to lose yourself in the woods, especially if you are in unfamiliar terrain. One of the essentials is to carry a compass and general area maps of the area that you will be doing your hunting in. Second, carry both battery-powered and battery- less shake type of flashlights and have extra batteries for extra security. Of course matches in a waterproof container are always par for the course. Most importantly a very good and well sharpened knife, a Swiss Army knife or the traditional Bowie knife for example will serve you well.
Survival Food Kit List
Now for the most important essentials of all, food and water. Bringing along a bottle or two or more of drinking water is always a smart idea. You can last only about three days without consuming water, while it is been known that some humans have lasted for several weeks without food. For food, taking along traditional candy bars, granola, dried fruit or survival food kits that you can buy either at sporting good stores or online. While in the wild scourging for food be careful in the type of plants and berries that you choose. Make sure you are familiar with them and not to pick any poisonous types. Whenever in doubt ” don’t eat“. Choose an empty stomach over risking an illness stranded out in the middle of nowhere. If you run out of water and find a water source out in the wild make sure you boil the water for several minutes in an effort to kill off any bacteria or parasites.
Always carry a thread and needle in your survival kit, for you never know when this can come in handy. They can be used to repair materials and clothing. Useful in your medical kit in case you need to stitch up a wound.
Many hunters carry a 6 to 8 foot length of rope to help them to pull their game back to the truck or tow supplies up in a tree stand. This line can be used in many ways if you are lost in the woods for a long period of time. You can use a rope for first aid purposes, to help constuct a shelter, or to secure gear during your hike. You can even string up a improvised clothesline to dry wet clothing if you should you fall into standing water. Make sure to keep your rope with you and don’t leave in the truck.
Wearing a belt is a good idea when hunting. It is a mobile first aid item that you do not have to haul around. It can be used as a tourniquet in an emergency and for making a splint to stabilize an extremity among other uses.
Fire Safety When Marooned
It’s critical to follow usual camp safety guidelines when starting a fire under any conditions in the wild. Make sure to always triple check that a fire is completely out before leaving the area to prevent flare ups and a potential forest fire. Choose an area away from trees and shrubs, and line your pit with small stones or boulders to help contain the embers. Gather larger logs and sticks and stack them in a teepee fashion. Then gather small twigs and scraps of paper to use as kindling at the bottom of your teepee. Blowing gently on your kindling will help your flames catch hold. Pine branches can be used to shield your fire from wind if necessary. You can also use the branches to sit or stand on if snow is present. This will help to protect and insulate your feet from the cold while warming yourself near the fire.