Survival Preparation

most important survival items to take in the wilderness

Obviously, you’re going to want to pack enough clothing to last your trip. But what about other items? Some of the most important survival items out there are capable of keeping you alive for an extended period of time. Even in some of the harshest conditions.

Wilderness survival

Adventuring out in the wilderness can be a pleasant experience with the right planning. However, if your stuck in the wilderness without any tools or supplies to help you, it can be quite the opposite. One’s very survival may be at stake even before leaving into the outdoors if they haven’t taken any time to prepare effectively. This page goes over some of the most important survival items you could bring along with you on your trip.


When going for an adventure in the wilderness, it is vital that one considers bringing any supplies they think can help or to even make a packing list of items you would like to bring. One of the most important survival items you could bring along would be a first aid kit.

While you may not be able to treat ALL injuries with one, a first aid kit can be very helpful in dealing with most minor injuries and accidents. It is important for every individual on the trip to know where the kit is and how it can be used. Some basic things you should include in a first aid kit are going to be:

Bandages (a variety of different ones for different possible injuries)

 Moleskin (You can use for Blisters, acts as another thick layer of skin)

Painkillers (Helps to relieve pain)

Tweezers (for removing things from one’s self)

Neosporin or rubbing alcohol (to stop infection), as well as any personal medication.

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Some of the other most important survival items you could possibly add to your packing list would include:

Emergency Food Rations – It is always better to prepare for a trip in the outdoors by bringing extra food rations. You may run out sooner than you think due to over-eating or animal raids.

Emergency Blanket/Tarp – Theses can come in handy and can come in various sizes to make packing them simple. In an emergency and with the right skills, you can also fashion these into a shelter.

Fire Starter – This isn’t necessarily needed. Although, we can guarantee you will have a much easier time getting a fire started if you happen to have a lighter, book of matches, or possibly a flint starter.

Water Purifier – Some of the most important survival items out there are water purifiers. You can put these to very good use in the wilderness. A purifier can provide you with a source of constant hydration so long as you can find a water source.

Cooking Ware – Bringing cooking ware can make eating and preparing meals a simple task even in the wilderness. With these items, you are also able to boil water very easily.

Survival Tools / Knife – This is almost essential, as surviving with nothing but one’s own bare hands can be extremely challenging. With tools one can construct a shelter, clean food, build traps, etc.…

Flashlight / Lantern – A source of light. This will allow an individual to continue to carry out tasks or help to see during the night. You should also keep in mind that you will probably need extra batteries.

Extras Items

Personal Hygiene ItemsToilet Paper for obvious reasons. Toothpaste and toothbrush. Camp shower bag to quickly wash yourself. Also, You can use baby wipes as an alternative to bathing and help keep yourself clean if that is all that is available.

Bug-RepellantNothing can be quite as annoying as having insects fly around your face for the duration of the day.

Portable Charger / Batteries– These can come in handy if one has brought any electronics in the wilderness. This helps keep people with phones or other devices in a positive mood. They even sell Solar-Powered portable chargers! Also, batteries can provide a means to use electronics that aren’t chargeable. 

Hiking Shoes/Boots – This is to ensure your feet don’t get uncomfortable throughout your journey. You may even want to bring some extra shoes that are preferably open-toed to wear at the end of the day.

Research and planning

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There are other things you can do to prepare for a trip in the wilderness. Try to do some research on the specific area you’re planning on visiting. You can do this online or in person. Although, if you are trying to learn about a specific area from an individual in person, it is important to learn from someone who has experience and knows what they are talking about. You can find more information on how to prepare for a trip in the wilderness “here“.