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Monday, September 14, 2009

Don't Leave Home Without Your Outdoor Survival Gear

By Steve Thibeault

If you come across a life-threatening situation, you will want to provide life-saving and life sustaining support until rescue, and this is where outdoor survival gear will come into its own. A situation could arise anywhere -- being injured or lost during an outdoor adventure, affected by a natural disaster, or simply being stranded on the roadside. Load yourself with the necessities needed to protect you from the elements and keep you alive, by investing in a prepackaged emergency survival kit.

Whether camping, hiking, boating, cross country skiing, or fishing, outdoor survival gear is of utmost importance. No one can predict when a situation might call for you to survive on your own outside for a length of time. Perhaps you get lost and need to wait in the cold for help to arrive, or you become injured and need temporary supplies until you reach a hospital. Whatever the outdoor activity may be, being prepared is critical to your survival.

When planning an outdoor adventure, you should carry with you a pack of supplies that cover the five basics of survival. They are water, food, shelter, warmth and medical supplies. Websites that specialize in survival carry a large variety of wilderness and emergency survival kits, from pocket-size ones to backpack kits.

Make sure that you have enough emergency supplies to cover all of your family members for a minimum of three days. You just never know when you'll have to leave your home, your workplace due to a fire or another weather event or even become stranded on the roadside somewhere. For emergency planning purposes, your car, your home and your workplace should be equipped with outdoor survival gear kit.

There are certain tools that you will find very important when you have to survive outside your home. One of these is a multifunction tool, which includes a variety of useful things like pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, can and bottle openers, knife blades, or vice grip teeth. Other items to include in an emergency kit are folding shovels, rope, sewing kits, matches, hammers, compass, lighter and work gloves.

Just think about it -- in an emergency or rescue situation, you will need to signal for help. Part of your outdoor survival gear kit should include signaling equipment, whether it be composed of mirrors, lights or whistles, as all these methods are effective in attracting help.

Water, food, shelter and warmth are all essentials that should be covered in any outdoor survival gear kits. Consider everything from an insulated sleeping bag up to a tube tent, for shelter gear, whilst ponchos and blankets can provide you with personal warmth. For fire starting materials, pack fire sticks, tinder or windproof matches and make sure they are in a waterproof container. Food and water essentials can include canned foods, water parks, straw filters and power bars.

Injuries are possible during an outdoor emergency, so for medical needs, your outdoor survival kit should contain supplies to care for burns, fractures, sprains and bad cuts. Within your medical supplies, you should see gauze, splints, duct tape, bandages, pain relief medication, first aid cream, safety pins, non-latex gloves and don't forget the bug spray.

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  1. These survival tools are essential in surviving on camps and outdoors. Being ill-equipped is akin to having a blunt blade slicing through wood.

  2. Survival kits will provide temporary cure to sprains, although it's advised that they go to podiatrists afterwards.