|Survival Kit in a Sardine Can|
Why are there so many when they all aim to provide water, fire, food, shelter in an emergency?
So why is there no universal list for bushwalkers?
tomahawk, machete, handkerchieves, tin opener, cigarettes, Dubbin, song book, sharpening stone, boots with nails …..
Another list from the mid eighties
- water 1L
- whistle on a string around neck
- pencil and paper
- waterproof matches or cigarette lighter
- woollen jumper
- first aid (personal) (FAK)
- waterproof jacket
What changes are needed after all these years?
- my mobile phone in a snap-lock plastic bag
- a small “Swiss Army” knife (SAK)
- mini torch LED (eg keychain-sized, single LED flashlight ) or Glow Stick
- duct tape
I would then add some of the following or replace items in the list above with
- micro-compass (if your not confident to use the sun or don’t have an iPhone or a GPS with an digital compass in built or if you don’t trust the batteries)
- magnesium flint lighter as an alternative to a cigarette lighter
- emergency blanket
- water purification tablets or water purifying straw
- signaling mirror
- flexible wire saw (to make tent pegs and poles)
- fire lighters or solid fuel tablets
- collapsible water containers eg condoms hold 1L and can be protected by a spare sock
- needles and thread
- safety pins
- scalpel blade(s)
- length of plastic tubing for siphoning or to reach inside rock cavities or “yabbie” holes
- cable ties
Now you have the kit, what sort of container should you keep it in?
Where will you keep it?
- weather (storms, season, heavy rain, cold, sun)
- terrain (river crossings, snow, mud)
- vegetation (prickly)
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