In practically every survival or prepping forum there is a post asking questions like what is your favorite survival items, or in this case what are your “Top Three Items for Survival?” I recently answered a similar question in a forum, this is essentially what I wrote.
Hope I never get stuck with only three items. But if I did, they would be as follows.
1. A quality knife. I have many so different survival knives, it would be hard to pick just one. At all times, I have multiple knives on my person and BOB.
A knife is my number one choice survival tool. It can be used for self defense, shelter building, as well as skinning and cleaning fish and game. (Illustrated above is the Cold Steel Recon Scout. The Recon Scout is a basic survival knife of acceptable quality and price value.)
This is a Guyot Designs Stainless Steel Water Bottle – The Backpacker. It is heavy duty and once the top is removed can be used to boil and carry water.
3. Fire starter. I carry about 4 or 5 different types of fire starting methods and materials. A blast match or quality magnesium stick would work fine. Fire is what distinguishes us from the monkeys (almost). Nice to have fire!!!!
Some of the features include:
- Revolutionary one handed design – an advantage when injured
- Sparks three times hotter than a standard match
- Spring loaded rotating flint bar
- Thousands of strikes
- Use in all weather conditions, great for backpackers hunters snowmobilers and off road vehicles
The simple tools listed above could save a life. With them you have the potential to survive.
That obviously is a quick little post. But if you think about it, those three little items really could save your life. Of course you would also have to have the number one survival tool of all time. Hope you know what that is. Yes, it’s a well trained brain.
A well trained and disciplined survivalist or prepper could take the 3 simple items listed above and save their life. They could survive!
Now many preppers are not survivalists in the sense of practicing primitive survival skills. In many ways, preppers actually attempt to prepare for events so that they do not have to rely on primitive survival skills. But what if you become separated from your retreat location, or you can’t reach your BOB – bug out bag? I believe you would be wishing you had practiced some of those primitive skills that you may have neglected.
I also realize that in our modern nanny state, passive society, even carrying a medium or small survival knife, a metal water carrier, and a fire starter is not an easy task. Yet, if we are to survive long enough to get to our cache or retreat, we just may need to find ways to carry some of the basic necessities without carrying a full blown BOB.
I personally carry almost everything I need to get myself to where I need to be if the SHTF should happen, including a firearm. It’s not always easy, but in time you will develop the means and creative measures needed to insure your preparedness and safety. Whether a Maxpedition Verispak, small student backpack, or simply carrying the items on your body, you should have with you the tools you need in order to get to another location.
Along with have the tools you need to survive, you also need the skills. Don’t be a list maker with out buying the tools. In the same vein, don’t just buy the tools you need without learning how to use them. Be prepared, be safe!
Keep on Prepping