posted on Apr, 27 2011 @ 11:17 AM
The five essentials that should be carried with you:
1. Knife--Quality fixed blade. (Even a leatherman or gerber multi-tool could work within limitations)
2. Cordage (50 feet of 550 paracord preferred, but if all you have is a spool of spiderwire 30 lbs test or higher, it will do, a roll of heavy duty
kite string if nothing else)
3. Canteen cup (or any other means to boil water such as a small pot, Stainless steel bowl, even an empty soda can or soup can found along the way if
4. Expedient Fire Starter--bic lighter, firesteel, a full fire making kit in an Altoids tin is preferred (this could include charcloth in small
ziplock baggie, firesteel and striker some sections of bicycle inner tube.)
5. Expedient means of shelter--Wool blanket, poncho, tarp, a good coat (rain jacket, trench coat), even a large heavy duty garbage bag in a pinch.
Do I make these things part of my every day. Yes and no. I always have a lighter or two on me, I always have some sort of knife or three, I usually
have a fairly weatherproof jacket of some sort (even if it if just a rain jacket in the summer that stuffs in its own pocket to be a bag), I always
wear a belt, always have a p-38 can opener and will usually have a stainless steel water bottle or soda can that I am drinking from (or a plastic
bottle which can work to purify water by sunlight if need be). I usually carry an iPod touch as well (and yes I do have a solar charger for it) that
has various manuals on it including the FM 21-76 and several wild plant guides.
The biggest and most important thing you can carry is your own knowledge and experiences. There is nothing that you can not fabricate out of natural
or surrounding man made materials if need be, including a knife. A person in reasonable shape and good health could be dropped naked in the woods and
be able to survive for 30 days if they have the basic knowledge and experience on how to survive. The tools and gear we take with us just make things
easier. The number one is and always should be a quality fixed blade knife. It is the one thing that makes everything from fire, food, shelter, even
water purification and first aid so much easier.
If we would have expanded to a 10 item list, I would have included some ready made snares and fishing equipment for food gathering and
hunting/trapping. A few hand tools such as 4 in 1 file, triangular file, saw, Yankee push drill and bits for it and maybe even a net hammock. Again,
depends on the situation. Tools and gear just make things easier, faster and more comfortable which is why we carry them.