Now, I know there are many things one should have on them if they are going into the wilderness. The list could be just about endless if you are going to be ready for anything. But, what happens if you are not prepared? Here are some great items that could help you survive! I’m sure there are many more to add so, I will update this as I find more useful things that could help. By all means, make sure you take a knife!
- Fishing line or snare for small animals.
- Twine to bind sticks or other materials to make shelter.
- Can be used as emergency line to rappel out of an elevated area.
- Stretch out the neck of the condom to collect clean water (will hold up to 1 gallon).
- Keep matches and other small items dry.
Cell phones (Yeah, bring it just in case!)
- Even if you don’t have service, your phone could possibly still send signals to the closest tower and help in locating you if you’re lost.
- Filter water for drinking.
- Air filter for dusty areas or cold conditions.
- Tourniquet for injuries.
- Keep your head cool in high temps or warm in cold temps.
Garbage bags (55 gallon is preferable)
- Water container – catch rain water by digging a hole and placing bag inside or if in snowy area, place snow inside bag and close to help it melt.
- Rain jacket or sun guard.
- Wind breaker.
- Shelter Stuff with leaves and make a pillow or even a mattress.
- Collect garbage of course.
Ordinary wristwatch (non-digital)
- Makeshift compass – Hold your watch with the dial facing up and parallel to the ground. Turn it, while keeping it parallel, until the hour hand is pointing in the direction of the sun. If it’s morning, south should be about halfway between the hour hand and 12 o’clock, clockwise. If it’s afternoon, south lies about halfway between the hour hand and 12 o’clock, counterclockwise. North will be on the same line but in the opposite direction. The technique isn’t 100 percent accurate, but it will give you enough of an approximation to make some informed choices about which way to go.
- Mini Survival kit – Take off the face of the watch and remove all parts. Fill in empty space with wire, foil, dental floss and a paper clip (for a fishing line and hook), a magnet, aspirin, match heads, bandages — anything else of survival value that can fit in a small space.
- Use laces to tie together sticks for building shelter or raft.
- Works good with a makeshift splint in case of injury.
- If you have a sharp item to use for a fishing hook, laces will work as fishing line.
- small animal snare.
- Use with sticks and wood to start a fire using the bow-and-drill method ( Use your shoelace to create the part of the bow that will be tied around the drill, keeping it in place as you saw back and forth to generate the hot shavings that will trigger your fire.)
Soda cans or bottles
- Collect rain water or dew from plants for drinking water (to collect water from dewy plants, set a sock or piece of cloth in long, wet grass or plants, then wring out into cans, bottles or any other usable vessel.
- create crude fishhooks. Pull the tab off, bend the top to weaken the corner. If you have a knife or rock, take out a small chunk to leave a sharp angle. Use your knife or rock to sharpen the point. Attach it to a shoelace or a string and now you have a fishing line.
- Start a fire with a soda can and some chocolate. Rub the chocolate on the bottom of the can, and then use the wrapper to polish the bottom until it looks like a mirror. (Don’t eat the chocolate, it can be toxic.) This should give you a reflective surface with which you can light tinder.
Socks or other fabric
- Use to filter water (This will not purify the water but will remove larger particles of dirt sediments and creepy things) before boiling on fire in usable vessel.
- Rub off lint fibers to use as fire tinder.
- Use your glasses to reflect the sun’s rays to create a distress signal.
- Dismantle your glasses bend the wire frames to make hooks or small tools.
- Starting a fire. You must have a convex lens, usually found in prescriptions for farsighted-ness. Also, the lens should be made of glass. To start fire, first collect some tinder — lint from your socks, Spanish moss or anything that’s lightweight and will ignite quickly. Hold your lens about 1 foot (30 centimeters) from the tinder, angle it until the sun begins concentrating on a small spot and wait for the tinder to start smoldering. Then, gently blow on the tinder to ignite it completely and start adding kindling until the fire is stable.
Tampons and feminine pads
- Dressing wounds, to stop bleeding.
- Crude water filter.
- Fishing bobber.
- Fluff can be used as fletching (feathers) for blowgun dart.
- Candle wick.
Hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes
- Cleaning minor cuts and scraps.
- Sanitize knives and cooking vessels.
- Fire starter.
- Larger wipes are great for all over body cleansing