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Top 10 Essential Survival Kit Items

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A good survival kit should be a top priority if you’re going on a hike or planning to go on any kind of trip into the wilderness. We found a great a short guide (link at the end of our commentary) packed with information to help you prepare your own kit to carry with you. It might never actually be used but if an emergency situation does come your way, it will be the one thing that could save your life – so it pays to find out from the experts just what you’ll need.

There’s some great advice in this guide from three top experts in survival skills! A basic survival kit can be tailored to suit the environment you’re exploring with a few additional items. It’s a good idea to keep a kit in the car as well – bad weather or a breakdown could leave you stranded when you least expect it and don’t forget to check the weather forecast before you set off!

Taking your cell phone with you is a good start but to go out with no other means of survival is really putting all of your eggs in one basket. If the phone is lost or damaged, the battery runs out or the signal disappears, you’ll need other ways to ensure your safety. These are the most important considerations when packing for your trip: shelter, warmth, communication, navigation and sustenance.

It’s often difficult to decide how much gear to take with you on an excursion and the lighter you can make your load the better – everything that goes in your pack needs to earn its place so it’s good to know that the survival kit can be one of the smaller items (and we’ve discovered that it is always best to have it secured to your belt rather than in your backpack).

Related: Top 10 VITAL Survival Kit Items You Probably Forgot

Another useful tip is to read about survival skills before you set off rather than wait until an emergency strikes – in the heat of the moment you’ll need to know how to assess the situation and how to use each of the items in your survival kit – it’s good to take a small guidebook with you as well but there are so many available that it pays to choose a good one.

We’ve found this short list of reliable guides to start you off: http://artofsurviving.com/4-best-survival-guides/

Ok here’s the link to the full Top 10 Essential Survival Kit Items: http://gearjunkie.com/survival-gear-10-items-to-survive