Have you ever heard of the Ten Essentials? How about the Ten Essential Systems? Well if you haven’t, you’re going to discover both of them here in this post. What is the updated “systems” based “Ten Essentials” list?
Origins of The List
The first version of the ten essentials was first created by a group of mountaineers that were based out of Seattle in the 1930s.
They created the list for two primary reasons.
- It was a simple list of survival and climbing gear that helped people understand exactly what they should get. At the time there wasn’t much information available on what gear to get.
- The essentials list also provided a support system for the climbers.
What was the first version of the list?
This is the first version of the list that was created in the 1930s.
The original ten items on the list were
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Extra clothing
- First aid supplies
- Extra knife
As said earlier, the original list is based on specific items. Which is still good
Just not as good as focusing on systems which is what the new list was optimized for.
As long as the items you choose meet the requirements and functions if the category, then you can use any item you wish.
Also, there are two categories that were left out completely in the first list.
Shelter and water.
Water is just about the most essential thing needed for our survival.
No item in the classic essentials list meets the category for hydration or shelter.
The new survival essential systems list does a good job at covering all our bases for surviving.
Basic and simple. It got the job done. But things have changed somewhat.
Not so much “change”. The same group just realized that it would be better to have the list made up of systems instead of specific individual items.
Which makes sense and is definitely a better way to organize the list.
The Updated List
Here are the items on the updated survival essential systems list.
Navigation typically consists of a map and compass.
2. Sun Protection
To protect yourself from heat and sun exposure, get sunglasses and sunscreen.
To pack some insulation, bring extra clothing and clothing specifically for the outdoors or for the environment where you will most likely be.
If your camping, for example, outerwear is the optimal choice.
Light your way with your choice of either a headlamp or flashlight. Or better yet, both.
5. First-aid Supplies
A basic first aid kit and medical skills are essential.
Fire is one of the primary pillars for survival. You can make your own waterproof matches. Pack a lighter and candles for a quick and easy fire resource.
7. Repair Kit and Tools
Carrying duct tape, a multi-tool, and similar tools you can use to repair minor equipment damage is important.
Pack extra food as your trip may take an unexpected detour.
Pack extra water because we can only survive about three days without water, we can’t afford to not have it.
10. Emergency Shelter
Having shelter is a must. If you don’t have a designated shelter like a tent, you’ll need to know how to build a primitive shelter with the resources you have on you or around you.
Ten Essentials Infographic
Out with the old, in with the new.
Here is an infographic of the ten essentials if you want to save it.
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This updated list is definitely an improved version of the first version that was developed in the 1930s, at least we think so. Some disagree.
Do you think the updated ten essential systems list is better than the first? Let us know below.