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10 Things To Have In Your Pockets For Survival

By on August 4, 2016

It has been estimated that more than 85% of the survival failures out there could have been prevented. The survivor’s axiom – plan for the best, but prepare for the worst.  Be prepared before you leave home. Some items you can carry in your pockets. Others fit in a day pack.

Keep in your pockets:

  1. Flashlight: Not everywhere you go will have reliable electricity. Imagine being in the wilderness and you have no source of lighting? Such a situation calls for a bright, functional flashlight.
  2. Knife: Can be used to build a fire or a shelter and make signals for rescue. There are hundreds of uses for knives, and two knives are better than one.
  3. Matches: A box of Diamond Strike Anywhere brand matches is recommended. By shortening them slightly they can be kept dry in a plastic 35mm film container. Include a strip of sandpaper for a striker.
  4. Fire starter: Candles are good fire starters. Rub candle wax into a 4 x 4 inch patch cut from a cotton rag or handkerchief. Wax cloth burns continuously hotter than a candle until consumed. Make up a number of wax fire starters with melted wax before you need them. Use a double boiler system (two cans: a small can for the wax and a larger can for water). Dip the cotton cloth patches in the wax and let them cool. Place patches in a plastic baggie to keep the wax from getting on clothing.
  5. Local map: Study it and get a visual idea of the terrain. Look for and memorize identifiable base lines, such as a paved highway, a river, an electric power line, the ocean, etc.

6. Compass: Two compasses are better than one. Use the compass to orient the map to north.

7. Space blanket: This multi-purpose item can be used in a variety of ways: as a poncho, a shelter, a ground cloth, a wind break, a rainwater collector or a fire (heat) reflector.

8. Sun protection (includes sunglasses and sunscreen): Many of the sunglasses on the market today are designed more for style and fashion rather than for protection from the sun. Generally, glasses with dark gray-green lenses provide the best eye protection. Wrap around sunglasses protect from side glare.

9. Signal equipment (signal mirror and signal whistle): A) A signal whistle can be heard five times farther away than the human voice. Blow three sharp blasts on the whistle (Three blasts means “I need help.”) and listen for an answer from the searchers, who will respond with two sharp blasts.

B) A signal mirror is a daylight line-of-sight signal device that provides excellent ground-to-air signal capabilities. Read the instructions and practice signaling on a parked car (in your own driveway). Aim for the red taillight. A signal mirror can also be used to assist in the removal of foreign objects from the eyes.

10. First aid kit: Carry a first aid kit with you or know where you can find one. First aid kits come in many shapes and sizes.

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster.

This guest post was provided by HuntingZombies.com a survival blog to help you prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse and Every Other Threat to Human Life on Earth.

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One Comment

  1. Evan

    August 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Wait, so you always leave the house with candles and a paper map in your pocket?

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