Survival Essentials 10 Tools & Equipment Required

survival equipment

It is said that you should never bring a knife to a gun fight. In the same sense, without the proper knowledge and foresight you might end up bringing the wrong equipment to your camping or hiking trip.

If you believe your cellphone is an important accessory and survival item and help is just a call away when you go deeper into the woods, you are obviously in the wrong frame of mind.

Without survival essentials, you increase the probability of putting yourself in dangerous situations you probably won’t live through.

Survival tools and equipment allow you to forage for beneficial plants, blaze a trail through dense grass and vines, pinpoint your movements in the right direction, help you heal the sick and injured and allow you to secure your shelter.

Here are the top ten tools and equipment which we consider survival essentials for surviving in the wilderness:

1) First Aid Kit
– Wounds, burns, insect bites and sickness are inevitable occurrences that can strike you at the worst possible times in the woods. If you can avoid them, you can at least treat and prevent them. Carry band aids, prescription medicine, burn and sting ointment and antiseptics around with you at all times in a first aid kit.

2) Flashlight
– Sometimes it is not wise to build a fire when all goes dark as you risk exposure to predators, yet you should be able to see what is around you and move around safely. A flashlight illuminates paths and reveals the presence of animals around.

3) Survival Knife
– You never know when you will be attack by a bear, wolves or a tiger. If there is a threat to your life, you should increase the probability, however small, of living through it. A survival knife can be a handy weapon to ward or defend against attackers and cut through rough bark or vegetation.

4) Snare Traps
– You will need to catch small game like rabbits and squirrels for meat as you need meat and protein for energy. If you do not have a rifle and they run as you approach, you can set snare traps where they are active and come back later. Put bait such as nuts and fruits in the middle of the snare to attract them to assure yourself and your group of a meaty next meal.

5) Swiss Army Knife
– With all kinds of small knives and small tools in one set, you can cut through skin, leaf and bark, fix rents in your shelter and even remove cork from a wine bottle out in the woods.

6) Binoculars
– You will save valuable time and effort if you can see where you’re going in detail. Binoculars can help to detect small game, beneficial plants, sources of water and the scope of the trail ahead.

7) Tent
– Without a structurally sound shelter, you will never be able to sleep safely and comfortable at night and keep yourself warm. A heavy-duty (not recreational tent) that you can carry around on your back may be harder to set up, but provides security and sanctuary against a hostile environment.

8) Sleeping Bag
– The ground may be a bit too rough for your skin and you also need proper insulation. A sleeping bag can help you sleep snug and warm and is easily rolled into a ball to carry around.

9) Rifle with Silencer
– You will need to hunt efficiently in order to sustain yourself, and some targets appear too far. A rifle with silencer allows you to shoot down small and large game while a silencer assures you do not give away your position to hostile elements.

10) Portable Water Filter
– Without potable drinking water, you may die of thirst. A portable water filter will turn any natural water source into a haven of nourishment, keeping you hydrated for the days ahead.

By keeping the right tools and equipment aside you, your chances you successful survival in the wilderness increases tenfold. However, you also need common sense and survival skills to make it through. With an indomitable will to make it through alive, your tools will see you through.


Next we look at Top Tips For Survival First Aid