As we have discussed, each survival scenario has its own factors that will influence how you should pick your Bug Out Bag contents. Having a more rural area as your locality presents its own advantages and challenges that will require some modifications to your previously discussed Bug Out Bag essentials in order to make it into a self sufficient wilderness survival kit. These additional factors include:
- Increased likelihood of encountering wild animals
- Know what is dangerous and/or poisonous
- Lower population density
- Less people to run into which means both
- Less potential for hostiles as well as
- Less people to request assistance from
- Less options for scavenging survival supplies
- Opportunity to scavenge plants and hunt or trap game
This wilderness survival kit list will help you minimize risks in a wilderness survival situation:
- Survival Fishing Kit – This is depended on being near a fishable body of water but can make a HUGE difference in many ways. For one you can carry less food with you if you have a reliable source on the way. This can mean you can either move faster or carry more survival supplies. Some of the survival knives that we looked at previously have a basic one included but if you want an upgraded model, check out this one.
- Compass – Landmarks will be harder to find and use as navigation points in a wilderness survival situation so a compass (and local map) are wilderness survival kit essentials. You can go with a basic model compass, but a Tritium compass will glow in the dark and make nighttime orienteering far easier.
- Sling Shot – Light, easy to carry and able to hunt small game. This can double as a weapon against unfriendly humans as well if need be. There are many options, be sure to pick one with a wrist stabilizer such as the Eagle of Sniper G5. For ammo you can stock up on shot pellets or plan on using pebbles. Alternatively if you want to learn how to make a sling shot, click here.
- Travel Hammock – Having a good travel hammock can save you from spending time and energy building a shelter each night. We took a look at a good one in our Bug Out Bag Essentials – Extended post which is great on its own but for colder weather add a sleeping bag.
- Bug Repellent – This is not required for survival but it does raise morale and is therefore recommended. Most people are familiar with DEET based bug sprays, which can be effective but for a survival situation what we suggest is something that is Permethrin based. Permethrin can be sprayed on clothes and gear and will last up to 6 washes which means you don’t need to reapply if you get caught in the rain or have to ford a river. A Permethrin based bug repellent such as Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent will safeguard you against ticks, mosquitoes, mites, and chiggers.
- Pocket Guide to Local Plants – You want this for both edible and poisonous plants so that you know what to eat as well as what to avoid. You are best getting one that is focused on your locality but here is a general guide book to get you started.
- Camping Shovel – this can be used to bury waste and garbage in order to keep dangerous animals away. It can also be used in shelter building and as an improvised weapon if need be. A tri-fold shovel is preferred as it will take up less space in your wilderness survival kit.
- Skinning knife/Filleting knife – You will want to choose one based on what type of animals can be caught or hunted in your local area. These tools will enable you to maximize the yield of protein from your capture. Kershaw makes an excellent filleting knife that I have used for years. It keeps a nice edge and is perfectly flexible. As for a hunting knife, you cannot go wrong with the CRKT Shakaulu Skinner as comes razor sharp to skin easily and is heavy enough to sever bone. The integrated gut hook is perfect for opening up the animal as well.
- Hatchet – This is a tool to be used to shape your environment around you. A good hatchet is essential to making a shelter on the move in addition to chopping fire wood. The CRKT Shakaulu mentioned above can be repurposed for light chopping duties but if you are interested in a compact, high quality tool, the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet is an excellent choice.
- Paracord – This goes hand in hand with the hatchet as far as something to shape your environment with. Paracord is lightweight and compact as well as extremely strong for its size. Add it to your wilderness survival kit list and you will be able to lash a shelter together, make a rope ladder, or lash a splint on to an injured survival teammate.
Do you have anything you would add to your wilderness survival kit list? Are there any great survival tips that you would recommend? Please share these in the comments section below. Thanks!