There is never any harm in having a properly prepared set of survival gear. Taking the time to create a pack ready for an emergency, a natural disaster, or simply for the serious difficulties of rugged outdoor activity is an invaluable asset. Information and knowledge about situations will make you more aware about what gear you might need, in addition to preparing your equipment properly. Remember, the effort you take to choose the right items now just might save your life.
1. Water Purification
Access to a safe water supply is absolutely essential. Various methods can be used to make safe drinking water, such as boiling it in a container. A set of water purification tablets that remove bacteria and sediments are good, as well as various types of Microfilters – pumps or containers that filter out contaminants.
2. Light and Heat Sources
Flashlights and lanterns are excellent, dependable light sources, but don’t forget the extra batteries (or liquid fuel)! However, light is only half of it – a waterproof container to hold matches or tindercard material, military gel fuel, Swedish Firesteel, all of these provide effective, reliable fire-making resources urban survival gear.
3. Medical Kit
A good medical kit doesn’t have just band-aids and disinfectant. Cloth bandages, medical gloves, painkillers, alcohol or alcohol wipes, tools like tweezers or needle-&-thread, all of these and more make a dedicated medical resource. Specialization might be advisable too – adding gauze wraps, additions like anti-venom for dangerous snake and spider bits, or medications for serious/chronic/personal conditions.
4. Food Pack
A good way is to start off with a set of MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), and build from there. Canned foods that are almost meals in themselves (chili, soup, or Spam for instance) are excellent choices. Robust containers of dried foods – dried fruit, nuts, energy and granola bars, and dried meat – are also great choices to add.
Protection from the elements and dangerous conditions provide comfort and security. Shelter ultimately depends on the environment you are in, but a strong, durable tent is the most common choice. Another option is a sheltered or enclosed hammock for environments where it is better, or you need to be, off the ground. The material should be good quality, keeping in heat and keeping out insects and bad weather conditions.
A good weapon or choice of weapons double as both a defensive/offensive measure and as hunting tools in case food stores need to be supplemented for an extended period of time. Reliable firearms, with the proper tools to maintain them, are a good choice. Multi- or single purpose blades like a hatchet, boot knife, or combat knife are also ideal for a survival pack.