This Adventure First Aid kit from Adventure Medical Kits contains all of the basics for one or two people, complete with instructions. Organized by type of injury, it is easy to find the supplies you need in a hurry.
Keeping clean will not only help prevent illness and infection, it is a tremendous morale booster. The Personal Hygiene Kit from Survival Resources contains everything you’ll need to feel human again after days on foot.
Only a few inches in length and powered by a single AAA battery, the Streamlight ProTac 1AAA blasts out a whopping 70 lumens of light.
Protecting your hands is important. Injuries can easily lead to infections when away from civilization for long periods of time. These Mechanix Mossy Oak gloves will protect your hands and give you a rock-solid grip in any environment.
The ability to start a fire in a variety of weather conditions is crucial to survival. A good ferrocerium rod and striker combination like the Exotac nanoSTRIKER will light thousands of fires, even when wet.
A good-quality knife is crucial in a survival situation. It is something on which you should not skimp. LTWK’s GNS Scandi is handcrafted for hard use in extreme environments.
A good compass will help you find your way to your bug-out location or back home again. Suunto compasses have been leading the way (literally) for decades.
Waterborne parasites can bring the strongest people to their knees. This Sawyer Mini Squeeze filter system fits in the palm of your hand but will keep working for 100,000 gallons of water.
While it would be nice to pack everything up to and including the kitchen sink in your bug-out bag, your back, legs and feet might disagree. Start with these bare essentials and then work on the “luxury” items to include. Here is a checklist of must-haves that will save your life but won’t weigh you down.
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For More Information
Survival Resources: survivalresources.com; 845-471-2434
Streamlight: streamlight.com; 800-523-7488
Mechanix Wear: mechanix.com; 800-222-4296
Exotac: exotac.com; 888-568-9347
LTWK Handcrafted Knives: ltwrightknives.com; 740-317-1404
Suunto: suunto.com; 855-258-0900
Sawyer: sawyer.com; 800-356-7811
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Fall 2015 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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