A good survival kit should be a top priority if you’re going on a hike or planning to go on any kind of trip into the wilderness.
No. 1 piece of survival gear is a knife, specifically something large like a machete, from chopping branches and trees for a shelter, to making of a bow drill for fire.
Essential Survival Kit Items
To trim a survival kit down to its top 10 essentials is to reveal the utmost necessary items for ad hoc shelter, warmth, communication, navigation, and sustenance in the deep backwoods.
Todd Smith, a former editor-in-chief of Outdoor Life magazine, stresses rescue in emergency wilderness situations via quick communication with the outside world.
But in addition to a cell phone, Smith recommends personal locator beacons (PLBs), which are essentially emergency radio signal devices that communicate with satellites (and thus rescue personnel) from anywhere on the globe.
Top 10 Essential Survival Kit Items
Here is a list from Todd Smith, Outdoor Life Magazine
1. Personal locator beacon (PLB) or cell phone
2. Map of area
4. Small first-aid kit
5. Water bottle
7. Lighter and fire starters
8. Space blanket/bivy sack
10. Signal mirror