Surviving in the wild can be a daunting thought, and so it should be. If you aren’t prepared for every possible scenario that can be thrown in your way, then things can turn very quickly. Fortunately, not all of us will be going on expeditions for weeks at a time, and day trips have become increasingly more popular amongst hunting communities. As these trips become more popular so does the demand for survival kits, but what are the must-have bits of equipment to have in your backpack?

Remember, it’s important to do your research and find the best-suited equipment for your trip. Finding 5 plasters and a bottle of water in your first aid kit isn’t a welcome discovery when you’ve fallen down a hill and badly cut your leg. As they say, preparation is everything if you plan on surviving in the wild, but experts from say that you also need to be sure that your gear is reliable enough when you need it the most, especially when it comes to survival kits. Try and read product reviews where real people have gone out and field-tested before you decide to give it a try. With that said, 


Here are some items that we feel every survival kit should have:


  1. Your Backpack

This could be classed as one of the most important things you have as it quite literally carries everything you need to survive. Backpack sizes come in liters and it’s important to work out how big you will need your pack to ensure there’s enough space for everything needed. Larger sizes start at around 65L and some will have some extra space to unzip if and when you need it, this will be displayed +10L as an example.

  1. First Aid Kit


The importance of a good first aid kit doesn’t need to be explained, be prepared for any type of accident you may have whilst being out in the wild by attaining one that contains a wide variety of treatments, bandages, and medication. It might be worth looking into going one step further and purchasing a Trauma Kit which will give you even more versatility when treating an injury.

  1. Firestarter

Imagine trekking all day through thick forest to get to your designated camping spot and finding out you didn’t bring anything to start the evening fire. That’s no warmth, no food, and no dry clothes. Luckily there are plenty of methods to start a fire these days, from stormproof matches to windproof lighters. Choose something that’s not going to take up too much space and is reliable.

  1. Map & Compass

Yes, we live in an age that boasts GPS devices, mobile phones, and satellite navigation. But they aren’t as reliable as the more traditional methods. Having these two in your bag will take up little to no space and if you’ve decided to use the more modern technology-based navigation, it will put your mind at ease as a backup just in case the battery runs empty.

  1. Rope/Cord 

This one might seem like a strange one to pack if you are new to being in the wild. But having around 30ft of parachute cord in your inventory can be an absolute lifesaver. Use it to climb trees, get to hard to reach places, build camps, the list is endless. Just make sure you have it on you.

  1. Water & Water Filtration

 Here’s another item on the list that seems like a silly thing to write down, as we all know we need to pack our own water to drink on our trip. But are we prepared for something to happen to our water supply? You may take a fall and break your container or spill all of its contents on the floor. You may just drink it all. So what happens in this situation? This is where water filtration will literally save your life. The human body can last without food for up to 3 weeks, but without water that is drastically reduced to 3 days. So invest in a water filter that’s able to turn any water into clean drinking water in seconds.

  1. Knife/Weapon

 A utility knife is a key part of your inventory and there’s no getting around it. If you’re going out for a few days in the wild you need to take a knife. This isn’t down to the fact it can be used as a weapon, it’s down to the fact you’ll need it in many different circumstances. Around the campfire, deep in woodland, if you’ve got yourself caught whilst walking, to help with cutting bandages (make sure you sterilize the knife first), the list will go on forever. Invest in a good knife that’s safe and it will be your friend for life.
When it comes to a weapon, I would only suggest bringing one if you’re hunting or if you’re going into an area where there will be an imminent threat. However, I doubt those people will be reading an essential guide to what you need to survive in the wild.

  1. Clothing 

If you’ve completed all of your pre-trip preparations then you should know how the weather is more than likely going to behave so pack accordingly. If you think it’s going to rain a lot of the time remember to pack a wet kit and a dry kit, and don’t get them mixed up. Being able to change into dry clothes at the end of the day is a luxury we usually take for granted.

  1. Miscellaneous

There are many little extras that people don’t think of when packing a survival kit because they haven’t been in a situation where they have been needed, 


Remember these small but essential items: 


  • A Small Mirror – brilliant for signaling and self-hygiene. 
  • A Sharpie – doesn’t wash away in the rain if you need to leave a message. 
  • Flashlight/Head Torch – Daytime and fire won’t always be there for you. 
  • Powerpack – find a solar one for unlimited charging. 
  • Spork – trust me just pack one. 
  • Mug – for the morning cup of coffee, essential. 


Gather all of these items and you will find yourself with a top-notch survival kit that will have you ready to face most unpleasant situations. Items may vary, but the purpose won’t. Remember to stay safe, use your common sense, and everything in this kit will help you survive even the coldest of nights. 


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