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The 10 Essentials To Wilderness Survival
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The 10 Essentials to Wilderness Survival

The Ten Essentials list first appeared in print in the 1932, in the letter for a group called the Mountaineers. It was meant to list the ten most important items a person who spends a lot of time in the wilderness should have with them, and while it doesn't cover everything (no list this short ever really could), it serves as a great introduction into what matters when it comes to wilderness survival.

The list consists of:

1.Extra food. It will supply you with energy and keep your mind focused, but on top off that a full stomach can help ward off hypothermia.

2.Extra clothing. At a bare minimum have a raincoat and a wool hat. A rain coat will help keep you dry and can also be used to fashion a shelter, while a wool hat will help keep your head warm (most of our body heat is lost through our head and feet). A few extra socks would be a good addition, as well.

3.Strike anywhere matches. Regular matches run into the problem of becoming useless if their striker is ruined. Avoid this problem with strike anywhere matches. Put them in a waterproof container, and throw in part of an emery board to serve as a striker.

4.Fire starter. Even with fire proof matches, in some weather conditions you just wont be able to get a fire started without this stuff. And if you find yourself in such conditions, you'll be glad you packed it.

5.A map. You'd be amazed how often people forget to bring a map of the area they are going to be in. Pack one and save yourself a lot of potential trouble.

6.A compass. If you learn to use one correctly, it will help you a lot in finding your way around.

7.A first aid kit. For dealing with wounds, injuries, etc. Making your own first aid kit will help you become familiar with all the parts and how to use them.

8.A flashlight. For finding your way in the dark, and signaling to help. I suggest an LED flashlight, as they'll last longer using less energy. Have some extra batteries and an extra bulb as well.

9.Sunglasses. Useful in sunny and snowy environments.

10.A Swiss army knife. So many potential uses with these guys. Buy a high quality one, so you know you're blade will come through when it counts.

So that's the Ten Essentials list. I hope it comes in handy, and helps you in your outdoor adventures.

Good luck and stay prepared!


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