Everyone has asked himself or herself, “What if I were stranded in the middle of unknown territory with nothing but a select few items? What items would you want with you?” I’ve put together a list that I believe would cover as many bases as possible if you were stranded. I’m sure nowadays there are innovations in the survival industry that I don’t know about, but the things I list almost everyone will have access to.
Flint and Steel
Flint and steel, when struck together make sparks due to the fact that iron burns when exposed to oxygen. Whoa. What? Iron burns when exposed to oxygen? But lets stay on topic. Flint and steel allow you to create enough sparks to ignite some tinder, allowing you to build a fire. Probably most important tool in survival is fire, and why take the chance of running out of matches or lighter fluid in your lighter. You will need fire to boil and purify your water, cook food if you have to, dry your clothing, and most base needs of all would be to stay warm. In addition, fire will ward away most predators.
Knife or Ax
Now, my pap and I argued about this. He believes that you want an ax and a knife, because the functions of each tool are so different so they each have different uses. For example, cleaning an animal would be very difficult with an ax, but a knife would be no problem. An ax would be excellent for woodwork, which you may need for building a shelter or gathering firewood. I decided to list both as one for you to compare and contrast the pros and cons.
I think everyone would undervalue this one, but with a pan you now have a way of gathering rainwater if need be, you have the means to purify water if rain is scarce, and as a bonus you can cook with it. You could also use it as a deadly weapon to bang things with. You know, all the obvious uses. Kidding. I’m sure if you had the ability to think outside of the box you could think up a whole array of different uses for a pan. Not kidding. If there’s a will there’s a way.
Hope you guys enjoyed reading. Might want to pack these items on your next trip, if you want to survive.