There are many different views out there on what you should be carrying with you everyday for your personal survival items. I would say for this reason most things that you carry with are going to be a personal preference. There should be some core items that are standard that every pack should have.
- Fire starter of some sort (IE. Doan magnesium fire starter )
- Survival multi tool or knife
- 20 ft. of para cord
- Bandanna or smock
With this all of this in mind we have recently designed a kit that knocks 2 of these items off of the list. We know that two of the most important survival items are a fire starting source and a knife to start and help collect your tinder and fuel for the fire. In any situation a knife is by far the most handy Item to have because of the multi purpose it has, especially if you are carrying a swiss army knife or multi tool. We call our kit the Mini Every Day Carry kit or Mini EDC. In this kit are two items that we have researched and found to be the very BEST in a fire starting source and knife, which are the Doan Magnesium Fire Starter and the Swiss Army Camper knife.
At this point there is many additional items that you can carry with you. For instance I carry my Off road real survival kit which has most of the necessary items listed above. I also carry around a pair of Binoculars mostly for preference reasons, because I like to have them on me at all times. After you have the core items that are many additional things that you can add to your pack.
- Fixed blade knife
- Additional lengths of para cord (can never have to much of this stuff)
- Water retention of some sort
- Water purification system
- Mini backpacking stove or Twig Stove
- Firearms with necessary permit
- Thumb drive with important documents that you may need
- Quick shelter such as the Personal Survival Tarp
- Food items from trail mix to Mountain House meals or MRE’s
- Expanded First Aid Kit
- Collapsible saw for for building permanent shelters and a fire
- Basic Sewing kit
- Additional Light sources like flashlights
With these things in mind some of the items may not be necessary things for you but would be for others. The Main thing to remember when you are choosing these survival items is priority. Like I talked about with the core items earlier, getting a fire started and a shelter built, you are well on your way to increasing your chances, at that point you need to start searching for a water source and food. With the fire you are going to be able to not only cook your food that you find but also boil your water to purify it so that you do not get sick from the harmful bacterias.
When you are deciding to add items to your every day carry pack you may want to start with items that are going to make things easier and more efficient for you. Starting with your water retention like a water bottle and a possible metal cup to boil the water with, then moving to a simple purification system that would take the boiling step out of the mix. Next would be a quick shelter option which will allow you to be mobile and not have to exhaust your much needed energy to survive.
Additions beyond these items are clearly up to you and I would say “Be Creative!” come up with items that you will get multiple functions out of. Think of things that are going to help not only you but others survive the harshest of conditions. Like Perry talks about all the time, Survival is 90% a mental game, and if there are survival items that will put your mind at ease make sure that you pack them.
As always keep it and fun and keep it safe and we will keep “Simplifying Survival“