In this post we look at what’s in a survival backpack and why should you have one?
A survival backpack – it’s the most important thing you can have with you when faced with surviving some disaster, mishap or other ‘event’.
A survival backpack is a ‘must have’ for skiers, hikers, bikers, or other activities that take you away from civilization.
Survival backpacks are also useful for boat trips, camping trips, and even car trips. Your pack should have necessary items like a food, water, lighter, flashlight, whistle, and knife. They can literally help save your life need if you’re caught out.
You might have different gear in your survival backpack depending on the type of outdoor activities you’re involved in.
Your survival backpack isn’t just limited to general hobbyist or outdoor use either – it also needed in the event of civil emergency or disaster.
How many do I need?
How many is too many? Well, to be prepared, you should really have a personal bug out bag in each vehicle, and at least one at home.
Additionally, if you have family, you should also have a specific family kit to help you get through in the event of disaster. You really should think about having a number of survival backpacks around their home and other locations so you’re ready and prepared for disaster before it happens.
If you’ve ever been travelling away from home and your vehicle has broken down, that can be a bit stressful. However, if you’re in the middle of nowhere, it can actually be a bit of a scary experience. Having your survival backpack in the trunk will provide you with the comfort that you’re well prepared.
Hikers, campers, boaters, climbers, and other adventurers need to have an emergency backpack because they will be able to provide necessary items in case of an emergency event.
The ‘must haves’ in every kit
You may have different backpacks depending on your situation. Having said that, there are some things that you should seriously consider including in every survival backpack for example:
• Fire starter, (waterproof matches, lighter etc.),
• some form of waterproof shelter (a tube tent and poncho),
• a supply of water, food (MRE’s for example),
• first aid kit,
• survival blanket or other means of keeping you warm,
• hand sanitizer,
• a small emergency fishing kit,
• torch (and spare batteries),
• a whistle,
• a good compass,
• book of maps,
• a variety of different tools (knife, axe (hatchet) etc.,
• a weapon of some sort, or an ability to defend yourself if required, and other survival necessities.
These are examples of some of the more general items that you should have in a survival backpack and in reality, all of these are essential when it comes to surviving!
Fire, water, and food are the essentials to sustain life that are required in your survival backpack.
Fire for light, warmth, and the ability to cook.
Water you can’t survive without it and dehydration is a killer.
Food is necessary (although water more so). You need to explore food options that suit you, that keep well and are easy to use or prepare.
Shelter of some sort that will keep you out of the elements – be it heat, cold, wind, rain etc. Your shelter becomes your temporary place of safety.
Having a First aid kit means you can treat minor wounds, burns, sprains etc. and will assist in preventing the onset of infection. Having the ability to look after yourself in the event of emergency is important until medical attention can be found.
A torch and radio (and spare batteries) are a necessary pieces of kit too! Also, don’t forget some method of communication (cell phone, radio, mirror etc.)
We often think about survival backpacks, bug our bags and emergency kits only being of use in the event of major disaster or event. However, the comfort found in carrying one, even during something as ‘normal’ an event as a vehicle breakdown provides comfort, reduces stress and can help to get you out of trouble. By having a few survival backpacks stashed in a vehicle, in the home, and in other locations will help to ensure that you’re prepared, whatever you face!