Top 10 Survival Tools You Must Have On Your Way To Wilderness

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When It comes to Survival You must equip yourself with light and easily portable tools that will come handy even If you are a newbie to the wilderness. The reason may vary from natural and man-made disasters Such as flood, Avalanche, landslide, earthquake. Or, You are an outdoor freak like me who just wants to go into the wilderness to get away from the chaos and Pollution of the urban environment. Whatever may be the reason, you Always want your backpack to be light and equipped with the most important things to help you. We will discuss top 10 survival tools that should be placed in your backpack.

Also, read Basic survival skills to learn before you step out in the wilderness.

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Your Priority in the wilderness

There may be some up and down in the list, but as I have known, These are top in most of the lists:

  1. Fire: Fire is one of the most important stuff when it comes to Bush-crafting. It helps you protect from Cold, wild animals. Fire gives you light to save your batteries for the worst. It helps you cook your food so that you don’t have to be Bear Grylls to eat raw meats.
  2. Water:: You don’t want to keep yourself thirsty in the middle of nowhere, right? So you need the regular supply of  drinking water.
  3. Food : You might not have a KFC or McDonald Store nearby , So You will need tools to make it easy to find edible veggies or meat .
  4. Shelter Building : Sleeping under twinkling Stars may seem fascinating , but not when you have it with heavy rainfall, mosquitoes and flies. So you must prepare a quick shelter to keep you protected.
  5.  Communication: If you are stuck in dense forest or on a part of the hill due to landslide or snowfall , It may be difficult for rescue forces to find you even if you are close to them , So you may want to have signalling devices. More Important to that you should have a knowledge of directions , So navigation is a key.


The List of top 10 survival tools for wilderness

10. Flashlight

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Whether it be for giving signals or providing you extra visibility during night or dense forests, Flashlight can be extremely useful for you. If you are going in consider bringing extra batteries for your torch.

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9. Tarp / Plastic Sheet

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If You are caught in heavy rain, setting a primitive shelter of wood logs and leaves may not be sufficient to keep you safe. So getting a plastic sheet to either cover your shelter, or your backpack or even you are way too good than you think.

A quick tarp shelter can protect from winds , hot sun and rains
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8. Survival Fishing kit: My Favorite from Top 10 survival tools

Choose your favorite survival fishing kit from the list here

Fishing is the lot easier task than hunting. But you can’t fish with your hands and if you are a newbie like me, you might not know how to set primitive fish traps along rivers and streams. So keeping a few lines and hooks is a good option. You can easily assemble it with natural wooden rod and twig floats so that you can get some fishes.

survival fishing kit will help you in worst case to help you fight hunger
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7. machete or Axe

Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete

If You have one machete only you could survive in the wilderness for many days. It provides you a wide range of operations from carving, incising, cutting, making trails, scraping tinder from woods to hunting and cutting meat. This is due to its broad(14 inches in most cases ) blade and long design.

A survival machete is very much helpful tool in wilderness
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A survival machete Illustration

A survival Axe is much like a knife and machete
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survival Axe Illustration

 6. Mirror and Whistle

The whistle is the most important communication item. It is used to in touch with your group if you are separated. You can also attract the attention of Passing Rescuer if you are not in sight range. But kids and amateur persons should keep it off until there is an actual emergency. You can draw the unnecessary attention of hunters whether it be animals or humans. Don’t get yourself a kid’s toy if you are going into the wild. A military and hiking whistle with the good and easy operation is preferred.
whistle is important communication tool
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A mirror is also important when you want to draw the attention of aircraft, distant ships, ground searches and rescuers without making noise. You must find a good quality mirror that is military rated and durable.
A sgnal mirror can help you communicate with rescuer , you lost group members
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5. Water Bottle and purifier

Water is certainly a lifesaver for any living thing on earth, leave survival situation alone. If you are going in wild for fun, then also You should carry a water bottle with you. You would definitely want to refill water whenever you get a chance. But what if Water is not that crystal clean and You don’t have RO purifier with you.

Water Filters In Survival Situations

A water filter mechanically removes pathogens from the water. Think of it like a really good sieve that is able to catch even the tiniest bacteria. Filters designed for survival will filter down to 0.2 microns. Some of the newest water filters can even filter down to 0.01 microns.
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Water Purifiers In Survival Situation

A water purifier is a treatment system which will also kill/inactivate viruses in water. Two examples of water purifiers are water treatment chlorine tablets, UV light pens like SteriPen and lifestraw portable water purifiers. The downside of these systems is that they don’t remove sediment from water. Sediment won’t kill you, but it is definitely not a good idea to gulp down muddy water.
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4. Paracord: All in one member of top 10 survival tools

Military grade paracord bracelet

A good quality Paracord is one in all survival tool in itself. Some of the main uses of paracord are listed as follows:
  • rescue line
  • Tourniquet
  • using as a fishing line or fishing net
  • making shelters knots
  • emergency splint and sutures
  • leaving trail marks

survival paracord bracelet is a multi tool in itself
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Paracord bracelet

Survival Paracord uses are limited by only one’s imagination and experiences. There are many ways you can use them and they will not disappoint you.

3.  Compass and Map:  The Royal member of top 10 survival tools

Multifunctional Military Army Metal Sighting Compass

 It is good if you have a smartphone equipped with GPS and locator. But what if You are off the batteries and no electrical supplies. A magnetic compass and a map can save your time and life because you will not have to roam here and there without a knowledge of direction and your location.

Compass and maps can be used together to help you in the best way but in the worst case, they will assist you individually also.

A survival compass is powerful navigation tool
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2. Knife / Multi-tool: Most used in the list of  Top 10 survival tools

Bear Grylls Ultimate Pro Knife

Leave all tools apart and a knife will help you to survive alone as your best companion. A knife is used in most operations like cutting, carving, bush-craft, hunting, preparing meat and fishes. defense is another feature that you can use your knife for.
A knife is very much useful to fight the wilderness for your survival
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In urban survival Situation, a Multi-tool is very important for any person. You can use screwdrivers, saw wrench, or knife and many more tools provided there.

1. Fire Starter: No. 1 in the List of Top 10 Survival Tools

Get Your own Firestarter. Most important from the list of top survival tools

The fire has been a companion of human species even before he knew to live socially. May it be fighting the cold or be it keeping intruders off your ground or cooking food, fire is the most important companion of Human Survival. You can even use it to give a signal to your lost group or rescuer. But for all above operations, you must have one thing, that is Fire itself. Here are common tools to help you

fire starter , steel rod
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A fire starter rod
  • waterproof safety matches
  • lighters
  • using a lens to make fire with sunlight
  • magnesium and steel rod fire starters
  • friction method of starting a fire.
             The List is very large But I hope that I have listed top 10 survival tools as per my knowledge. Please comment below what are your rankings for the above tools and what you would like to replace with them. Stay tuned for more articles or take your time to read my other articles.
There are many more items that are worth remembering in your Survival gear checklist :
  • Survival medical kit
  • duct tape
  • solar panel for charging batteries

Also read: Most Haunted Places in India 

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27 Replies to “Top 10 Survival Tools You Must Have On Your Way To Wilderness”

  1. Those are really best gears for survival

  2. Thanks a Lot Yati Trip for being here. It is my Pleasure that you liked the article. Please take your time to explore other sections of the blog.

  3. Great list. I guess will be needing this next time we go to hike.

  4. Thanks a lot for hanging down here Valerie . I am sure you will make your hike more adventurous next time you go with these tools.

  5. I liked the information provided at this post….. . I believe it will be useful for me whenever i begin my hiking trips….. …. .

  6. Compass and Map is necessary to go for a wilderness journey

  7. woooow this is very helpful post …. you gave all the information for surviving in the nature ….. hope that i will never had a chance to use all this tools ….. but for any case I will keep them close to me next time when I’m in the nature ….. thank you

    1. Thanks ivan for visiting here. I wish for your successful hikes with these tools.

  8. Loved the article, which is the best brand to buy survival gears from?

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  10. Amazing article
    It will suggest all the basic things in tour planning

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  15. Good article, I do carry a pocket wenger swiss army knife in my mini-survival kit. If I go out and do bushcrafting it is always with a fixed blade and fixed backup blade. I also had a near accident with a folding knive, then decided folding knives are not for bushcrafting. In my edc I have a small folder for food or open boxes.

    1. Hey Claudie,
      thanks for the feedback. I am delighted to know that you are already using the survival tools and have the same mindset as mine. It’s a great feeling to get you here in comments. Please take your time to read my other posts.

  16. I totally agree as a survival tool I think what u mentioned all are important 🙂 And I think Flashlight or torch is the most important which can show us light in the dark path 🙂

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