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The Top 10 Survival Supplies That Can Save Your Life

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When a disaster happens, you don’t have time to start thinking about survival supplies you need. You need to be prepared and function on autopilot – when it comes to fighting for your survival, drafting shopping lists just isn’t possible. So, what are those essential supplies you need to have prepared for when disaster strikes? Here is a list of the ten survival supplies that could save your life.

1. Dry bags

One of the most important survival supplies is a stock of dry bags. These are similar to dry boxes and they are designed to ensure the contents stay dry and untarnished. If you’re clothing or electronics get wet, then you are going to have a tough time surviving and thus, these things are the first things to purchase.

You can keep the dry bags unpacked, but it can be a good idea to prepare a few with extra clothing. This way, you are always guaranteed to have dry clothes – some underwear, a pair of hiking trousers, a fleece shirt and some socks are enough to get started.

2.Fire starters

Aside from staying dry, your second most important survival element deals with setting a fire. You need heat not only to keep warm but also to cook things, among other important functions. There are tons of different fire starter supplies and it’s a good idea to even learn how to set fire with nothing but what nature has on offer.

However, make your survival a bit easier and get automatic fire starters. The magnesium fire starters are a solid option and you can use it in challenging conditions.

3. Sleeping bag

Sleeping is probably to least of your worries when things go sour, but you shouldn’t skip it. We need to sleep and rest our brains – without it, we can’t function properly and all your survival efforts will go to waste.

A sleeping bag is a must-have supply and you should have enough of them to ensure you can put your head down. You want the sleeping bag to be good quality – don’t try to save money with this purchase.

4. Water purification tablets

You definitely need to have a solid stock of water purification tablets, such as Polar Pure. Without water, you won’t last very long and therefore, it is an essential part of surviving in the wild or during a disaster. When you buy water purification tablets make sure to learn how to store them and use them! Test your tablets a few times to ensure you’re able to use them effectively.

5. Canned liquids

Food supplies are essential for a survival kit. You should definitely have a good stock of food supplies (canned meat, canned vegetables, protein powders and so on) at your home or designated survival location. However, you should focus on a few food supplies above anything else and keep these at hand at all times. The magic supply? Canned liquids like canned juices, condensed milk, coconut milk, chopped fruit in their own juice and so on. These are the best for survival because they provide you with both nutrition and hydration at the same time.

6. First Aid Kit

Sometimes survival becomes more than just finding shelter and food. You might be injured and you won’t have access to modern medical facilities. It’s crucial to be able to tend to your wounds and know how to get through injuries without causing more damage.

First aid kit with basic essentials like alcohol for cleaning wounds, scissors, bandages of different kinds, blasters, and so on, are a must-have part of a survival kit. You can create your own or opt for pre-made first aid kit from places like the Red Cross.

7. Bear pepper spray

While you definitely should get your hands on other forms of weaponry, your immediate survival kit should have a can of bear pepper spray. The spray is a great way to protect against animals, whether a mountain lion or your neighbour’s dog. It’s easy to use as well so make sure to teach your younger family members as well! You just have to point the can in the general direction of the animal or human attacking and they should be disoriented and run away. At least the spray is good for buying more time and getting your hands on a knife or a gun.

8.Fishing line

The beauty of fishing line it’s in its versatility. You can use it as a traditional fishing line and catch food but you can also use it to tie things, cut things and set different types of traps. Fishing line is durable and it’s cheap.

9. A proper map of your immediate location

Always have a sturdy map in your survival supplies kit. We’re too used to using modern technology to getting around, but when the worst happen, your iPhone is unlikely to save you. A good map with plenty of detailed information of the roads and terrain won’t cost a fortune and will ensure you find your way if other forms of communication are gone.

10.Fuel

Finally, you’ll need to stock up on some fuel. If you look back to some modern disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy, people were queuing to get fuel because the generators were out. Don’t be the person who has to find fuel after the disaster, but keep a few cans of it in secret locations – make sure it isn’t near things that could ignite.

Now, when it comes to having these supplies, it’s important to keep check of your stock and to ensure things aren’t going old (although by nature these supplies should last a long time, you do need to ensure the packages don’t get tampered with and so on). You can make savings with all of the above supplies if you shop with VoucherBin UK – it has a range of camping retailers offering discounts.

You should ideally have one set of kit available at your house, one smaller kit in your car and another stock at your designated safe house. This ensures you have a few access options when disaster strikes and you’re not left stranded.

So, when it comes to being prepared, don’t forget to get your hands on these ten supplies – they might save your life.

8 Comments

  1. Burt War

    April 14, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    For those like me that are poor, you can buy prep foods at places like Walmart on your food stamps… Got me six months worth…

  2. Bolofia

    April 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    On the assumption that your survival scenario is taking place away from home, shelter should be somewhere on your list. A tent, tarp or bivy.

  3. Huples

    April 15, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Great list. A decent sleeping system including a good quality inflatable pillow is a must. For me I have to add a mosquito net in case the tent catches fire!
    You do need two quality knives and sharpening stones for most survival sitreps

  4. Theo13

    April 15, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Not a big fan of top ten lists and this article goes in that pile. Just don’t think this a really good list. You need some means to protect yourself against the elements – this list has a way to keep clothes dry (#1) but not wet weather gear. This list includes a sleeping bag (#3) but not a tarp or tent. The list also includes lot of things that are not sustainable (water purification tablets, canned liquids, pepper spray, fuel). You need a way to purify water (tablets are one way), a way to get food (based on weight alone, canned liquids are not the best choice), and a way to cook food (at least the author got that one right). My broad categories would be Sustenance (food and water), Shelter (which includes fire making and the ability to cook), Medical (including hygiene and field sanitation), Self-defense (I am going to go with a gun over pepper spray), Mobility, and Communications.

    • JD

      April 15, 2017 at 10:02 am

      I agree with you. I think this list is more in line with what to bring when going camping rather than stuff to have during a survival situation. My list would be completely different.

    • Bolofia

      April 15, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      I would like to see a study on how many people using pepper spray actually survived a bear attack, whether they got away unscathed or were mauled. The canned liquids idea is complete nonsense for anyone on foot. I could go on, but…

      • Adam Ensign

        May 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm

        The rangers at Yellowstone told us that it is advised to wear bear bells, and carry pepper spray. They even showed us a picture of Grizzly poop so we would be aware if we saw a pile. It is usually a formless pile with bits of shredded gore tex, bear bells, and smells like pepper spray.

  5. Arcangel911

    April 25, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Paracord or rope and a good survival knife or tool

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