If you’re stuck in the woods, a good knife will come in handy for sharpening sticks, cutting cord, cutting bandages, potentially protecting yourself, and possibly even skinning a hunt or fish.
2. Water Purification System
A human can survive without food for approximately three weeks, however that’s not the case for water. At most, a person can go up to a week without any water–but it’s more likely three to four days. Thus, a water purification system is necessary to carry in the event you run out of your own water. You need water and it should definitely be a top priority, that’s why this ranks high in any survival item list.
3. First-Aid Kit
While small bandages and antibacterial ointment are good to have in your first-aid kit, if you’re on a long backpacking trip, it’s vital to carry a triangle bandage and gauze for compression. These items are for serious injuries and can be used with a makeshift splint.
In order to survive cold temperatures, you need to be able to start a fire. Packing a few different types of fire starters is a good idea. You can pack matches, a lighter, a striker, and dry tinder. If one method fails, you will be prepared with another one.
5. Solar Blanket
Hypothermia can happen when it’s just 50°F outside and staying warm can be difficult if your clothing is wet or limited. The use of a solar blanket can help keep your body warm when temperatures drop, especially at night. They are extremely packable, making them easy to carry.
6.Flashlight or Headlamp
Some sort of compact light that you can use when it gets dark will help make the situation easier to navigate at night. If you can afford to pack extra batteries, that’s a plus.
You do not want to be in a situation where you are too exhausted or far away to signal that you are lost and need help. Many signal mirror signals can be seen up to 15 miles away. If it’s a clear and sunny day, a signaling mirror is an effective way to gain the attention of first responders.