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Survival in the wilderness is a lot easier when you have the right tools.

Just ask hiker Gregg Hein, who may have been saved thanks to some of the tools he had with him when he broke his leg and was stranded in the Sierra Nevadas for six days.

Then there’s Ricci Kilgore, a paraplegic who survived three days in the Nevada Desert and used her lighter and WD-40 to fend off wild animals before being rescued.

HowStuffWorks.com has put together a list of tools that are absolutely essential for outdoor survival.

     It’s not always the extreme skier that’s gone off course or the trail runner that’s been injured in ­the middle of the wilderness. Your vacation tour group may have accidentally left you behind. Or maybe y­our car has simply run out of gas on a desolate stretch of wintery road. The question isn’t whether you could find yourself alone or stranded in a potentially life-threatening situation. It’s whether you’d be equipped to deal with it.

The list from How Stuff Works includes a compass, a first aid kit and number of other items you might not have thought of.

To see what else is on the list, head over to HowStuffWorks.com.

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