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Posted by Sunliner | Blog | July 12, 2018

If you plan on doing any sort of hiking or walk that takes you away from civilisation (yelling distance of a fellow traveller/ hiker) then we strongly encourage you to invest in a Survival Kit. Look at it like survival insurance.

If you plan on doing any sort of hiking or walk that takes you away from civilisation (yelling distance of a fellow traveller/ hiker) then we strongly encourage you to invest in a Survival Kit. Look at it like survival insurance.

Our TOP TIP is to keep the contents of your survival kit in a small easily transferable and wearable bag such as a “bum bag”. It makes organising your Day Pack easier and allows you to quickly transfer your gear to different packs/ bags as required.

Survival Kit – The Essential Ten C’s.

Cutting Tool (knife)– A carbon steel survival knife such as Mora HD companion knife is ideal and can be clipped to the belt of the bag in a sheath. Choose carbon steel for the knife so it can be used to create a spark and start a fire if necessary. A multi-tool such as a Swiss army knife is also handy.

Combustion Device– A lighter, matches or ferro rod (strike this with a knife to create sparks).

Covering (or shelter)– A re-useable survival/space blanket is the best option, however, they can be bulky and are more expensive. As an alternative, there are “one-use” survival blankets available from most Outdoor Stores, but a good quality wheelie bin size rubbish bag can also be used.

Cordage– lengths of 7 ply parachute cord and 3 ply mariners bank line – this can be used in multiple ways in a survival situation. Your local hardware or boating store will have lots to choose from.

Container (metal)– A stainless steel canteen with nesting cup – stainless can be used to boil water and as a cooking vessel. The old school military style canteens are great.

Compass– A good compass is essential however if you can afford it go for a sighting compass with a mirror and a stadium whistle attached. These will all assist for signalling if required.

Cotton Cloth– A 100% cotton bandana or two in a hi-vis colour such as orange.

Cargo (Duct/ Gaffer / Gorilla) Tape – A roll of any strong fabric style adhesive tape.

Candling Device (torch) – A good quality head torch with functioning batteries.

Cloth Sail Needle– used by sailmakers on yachts, but great for carrying out running repairs to packs and tents.

How much you spend is up to you, there are inexpensive options to most of the equipment listed, but as a guide – our kits cost us on average about $350.

If you look at this list and have no idea how half of this equipment could help you in a Survival Situation, then check out the videos and resources created by Bushcraft Survival Australia

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