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7 Survival Items Every Hunter Should Use

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Whether you are an amateur or a novice in the game, there is a higher chance you may forget some essential things that you should have packed a long time ago before you go hunting.  However, do not worry, this guide is meant to help you know the right survival items to pack. These things can assist you in case of an emergency, and whenever you need something while on the field hunting.

Let’s check them out, shall we?

1.      Hunting backpack

Before you go hunting, it is important to have a hunting backpack, that will be strong and spacious enough to accommodate all your survival items. A good backpack is made to survive any hunting trip. Firstly, it should have a strong design structure which is resistant to wear and tear.

The internal frame should be stable as well, even when the unit is full. Precisely, you should be able to carry everything you require in your hunting trip.

Once you are done preparing all of these survival items, place all of them in your hunting backpack. Remember, strong survival tools require heavy duty backpack, to have the right storage, great function, and protection of your items. Check Backpackreviewed for hunting backpack buying guide.

2.      Pack a fire starter

Fire is essential for any survival event. It not only keeps you warm when it is cold, but you can use it to boil water, cook food, and to ensure a sense of comfort, a factor that is essential when you are stressed.

While lighters and matches are a good alternative, they can easily malfunction when it is damp. Therefore, you should consider a magnesium stick because it is reliable, giving you a fast way to get your tinder bundle working.

You can find a fire starter at your nearest store for only $8. Also, due to its compact size, you can keep it safely in your backpack. You just need a sharp knife to use the fire starter.

3.      Water purification tablets

Water is vital for survival, even if you are hunting in a place that has a lot of it, it is still not safe to use or drink. So, you need to have a method of filtering and remove the water containment. If you cannot boil water, you can consider purchasing potable aqua water purification tablets. For $7, you get a container with enough tablets to remove up to 50 quarts of water from protozoa, viruses, or bacteria keeping you healthy and hydrated at all times, until you are done with your hunting escapades.

4.      A bowie knife

Packing a healthy and sharp knife is essential. You can use it to do so many things including cleaning wild game, hunting, building shelter, starting a fire, as well as protecting yourself from any danger that may lack outside.

When looking for a knife, consider those that offer stability and can be used for a multitude of applications, instead of a compact pocket knife. The bowie knife is one good knife to buy. You can get for $30. With this knife, you can handle some severe wild tasks without ever having to worry that it will break.

5.      First aid kit

Carrying a first aid kit is a wise thing to do, for all the standard reasons. If you don’t have a first aid kit, consider buying one that has all the critical tools to make your stay in the field smooth, in case of an injury.

You should buy a level 3 package that can cater for minor cuts, scrapes, and sprains. Something will prevent any form of infection or improve your chances of survival.

6.      A compass

GPS batters usually die. So, if you find yourself in a place with the wrong location, you may end up walking for long distances from civilization. A good compass will cost you around $16: a tool that comes with a map and gives you accurate readings during the day and at night. Ensure your compass has a long-lasting base.

7.      Headlamp

A good headlight can be a great choice when the sun sets, and you find it hard to gather firewood in a strange place. With a quality headlamp, you can survive in virtually any circumstance. Also, a bright light can help you walk comfortably at night or provide the necessary light need to get out of the woods.

Well, this is an item you are most likely not going to forget to pack, but even so, do not forget to carry extra batteries.

Guest post by Brian Millar

About Brian:

Brian Millar is the owner and author of Backpackreviewed. Brian spent every possible minute outside. His passion for the outdoors led him to earn a degree in Biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2010. A guy who is trying to get away from his desk so that he can fish, hunt, travel and just be in outdoors!!!





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    • ExLibris

      I’m curious why you would recommend the water purification tablets instead of a compact water purifier+filter LIKE the “Lifestraw”. If memory serves, these compact purifiers typically purify 200+ gallons (not just 50 quarts ~ 12gallons). While something like “Lifestraw” apparently doesn’t filter out heavy metals, there are similar compact filters out there that do. I would think filtering the water at the same time as purifying the water would be a huge advantage. I realize the tablets take less space, but you still need a container for the water. A number of the compact filter/purifiers out there are self-contained. In addition, if the water isn’t too contaminated, the self-contained purifiers can last for 1,000′s of gallons. With the tablets, you tend to have to use a fixed amount of the tablets every time, so your effective supply won’t be extended. I have a tablet bottle pack that only treats 25 quarts (~6 gallons) and it is 1-inch x 3-inches. I think the compact purifier is MUCH higher capacity per cubic inch of pack space.

    • ExLibris

      I would never pack just one firestarter system. I’ve also had the striker firestarters fail under damp conditions. I also don’t like being dependent on a second object to use the firestarter (the “sharp knife”). What happens if you lose the 2nd object? Improvising can be difficult and dangerous in practice. So, I prefer to carry a striker AND at least 2 cheap butane lighters…in separate locations (e.g. a lighter kept in a pocket or even my LED headlamp strap in case my pack is lost/stolen). By the way, the battery in the LED headlamp can also be used to start a fire. So that I don’t have to take a bit of wire from the headlamp itself, I store some nichrome wire in a pouch that slips onto the LED headlamp strap.

    • ExLibris

      Since I do consider the LED lamp a critical item and I not only carry at least 1 spare battery, but I also carry a small form-factor solar panel that can charge the battery. A full day’s charge can provide a few hours of light from some LED headlamps when the LED is set on its lowest setting. I don’t have one, but I’ve even seen baseball-caps (aka gimme-caps) with a built-in solar panel that could charge the headlamp battery a bit during a sunny day…which makes things very convenient. However, don’t expect a single day of charging to fully charge an LED headlamp’s battery. It is critical to understand that some LED headlamps are SO powerful, that the battery lasts just 2 or 3 hours before it runs down. It is important to keep that in mind when making procurement decisions. There are some headlamps/flashlights that are much lower power (only cast usable light perhaps 20 feet instead of hundreds of feet), but the one battery may as a result last more than 12 hours on a single charge. Some LED headlamps offer a couple levels of brightness but STILL take a lot of power even on the lowest setting. If possible, find one that has an very bright “High” setting, and a VERY low-power “Work/Low” setting. Some offer the difference by providing both a High-power LED and a separate much lower-power “work” LED, instead of electronically controlling the power to a single LED. Another vital fact to keep in mind that many of the newer LED lamps consume battery power EVEN WHEN THEY ARE OFF. In some cheaper units, this can drain a new battery in less than 3 months. If you’re going to store the battery in the headlamp’s battery compartment, insert a small piece of paper or plastic between the battery terminal and the compartment’s contact to keep this from happening. It can also reduce the likelihood of a battery “leaking” inside the compartment. If possible, I prefer to store the battery inside a small “zip”-sealed plastic bag inside the headlamp’s battery compartment in case the battery “leaks”. (I usually find a suitably-sized sealable plastic bag with parts that come with other electronic equipment like the sealable plastic bags that hold remote controls or even bags holding the batteries for said remote controls.)

    • ExLibris

      I prefer a large knife that includes a saw blade integral to the spine. Even with a good “chopping” blade, a saw can really cut-down the time required to build a shelter and helps conserve calories. In my experience it takes considerably less effort to saw through a thick branch than it does to chop through it. I think the saw method is also MUCH less likely to result in a possibly crippling or fatal injury, especially when one is tired to begin with. If I have but two knives, my redundant “knife” will always be a GOOD multi-tool.

      You may have noticed that for life-critical tools, I try to always include a “backup” tool. It’s usually much smaller, and often cheaper than the primary. Quality where possible, but I keep in mind that weight and function are the key factors for the backup tool, and it will be used only if the primary fails or is lost/stolen/damaged.

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