Wilderness Survival Checklist

For the next few posts, I’m going to talk about strategies for helping yourself when “all goes wrong” while camping, hiking or hunting.  The items included here could help you survive getting lost in the wilderness.

Items to Include in Your Pack                                                Your Survival Depends on YOU!

  • Clear plastic sheet – about 6 ft square
  • Complete first aid kit
  • Emergency food
  • Filter pump
  • Fishing line & hooks
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Large folding knife
  • Lip balm
  • Metal cup
  • Metal match or waterproof matches
  • Mirror to use for signaling
  • Poncho
  • Small roll of wire
  • Sun block
  • 30 foot of nylon cord

Items to Include in Your Pockets

  • Bandanna
  • Compass
  • Leather boot lace
  • Pliers
  • Safety pins
  • Small first aid kit
  • Small map of area
  • Small pocketknife
  • Space blanket
  • Water purification device
  • Waterproof matches
  • Whistle
  • 10 feet of heavy twine

You will note that no cell phone is included.  I believe they give a camper/hiker/hunter a false sense of security.  In my experience, they rarely work in mountainous or sparsely inhabited regions.

3 Ways to  Avoid Getting Lost

A Map: Have a  map of the area you are hunting in  or hiking through/to and be able to read it.  Understand the land features the map is illustrating — before you set out.

“Back Trail:” Look back often, to get a feel for what the way back will look like.

Landmarks: As you are walking, make note of land features or oddities that will help you make your way back.  Make notes, if necessary, so you can remember the landmarks in the right order.


Tomorrow: Dangers in the Wilderness  & What to Do When You Meet a Mountain Lion, etc.

This blog is a companion to my website: GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

Published in: on November 20, 2009 at 7:03 am  Comments (4)