Wilderness Survival Kits: Top Ten Items
By Jason Knight
Wilderness Survival Kits: Top Ten Items was a fairly good, information based article. It mostly stated facts and lacked interesting opinions and statements.
The article I chose is titled “Wilderness Survival Kits: Top Ten Items”. According to the article, while nothing compares to proper survival training, a well-planned survival kit is right up at the top of the list. The first three items on the list are the most essential:
1. A knife: This is a versatile and extremely useful survival tool. You can use it to prepare food, make fires, make shelter, etc.
2. A form of water purification: Whether it is a survival straw, or water purification tablets, this item caters to the most important need; water/fluids.
3. A wool blanket: This will help you keep warm, even when wet.
4. Lighter: This is a good, reliable source for starting a fire.
5. Water/Windproof matches: Always carry at least two types of fire starters.
6. Compass: Points you in the right direction if your other methods fail or are inapplicable.
7. First aid supplies: Things to clean your cuts and scrapes are important, as even the smallest cuts can be a fatal injury if the wound becomes infected.
8. Flashlight: Darkness comes on fast, and you will need to be able to see in the dark. It is also an effective form of rescue signaling.
9. Metal bowl: Effective for boiling water, collecting things, and storing things.
10. Parachute cord: Useful for building shelters and the bow drill fire making technique.
This article will help me because I love the outdoors and I love exploring and hiking and skiing, etc. I will definitely make a habit of carrying around at least the bare essentials with me when I go on hiking/camping trips. I now know what should go into an effective wilderness survival kit, and it could just save my life.
Alderleaf Wilderness College, Jason Knight, 2006