Basic Guide To Survival Gear
Whether you are looking for an incredible challenge or simply enjoy being self-sufficient, survival skills are immensely useful. Matching practical skills learned over years of experience is a set of gear specifically designed for your needs. The challenge is finding the right gear that will be of considerable help when you are out in the wild. Let’s take a moment to review a checklist of three things to look for whenever picking out your survival gear.
1. Material Durability
One of the key determinants of quality in survival gear is material durability. By material durability, we are referring to the materials used both in the construction of the survival gear, as well as the techniques and materials used to create the gear. Having the right manufacturing equipment can go a long way to ensuring the durability and dependability of whatever you buy. Being out in the wild, your survival gear will have to be dependable. So, search for gear that is build solid and intelligently. This will most often mean being carefully crafted with the ideal material for whatever the job at hand is. Sometimes this will mean having to pay a little more. However, be aware that price is not always an indicator of quality.
2. Go Lightweight
Consider a backpacker, spending weeks or months at a time hiking the trails. While a typical load will consist of between 25-50 pounds, it is significantly less than what a survivalist will have to carry when out in the wild. The only way to keep yourself mobile is to ensure that the combined weight of everything you carry is kept to a minimum. This is done because every extra pound you carry both increases your chance of injury, as well as the rate in which you will fatigue. Shaving a quarter of a pound, half a pound, and even a pound or two when you can quickly add up, making your experience far easier and more enjoyable. Remember, just because something is lightweight does not mean the material quality is good. Finding the right combination of material durability and lightweight design may mean spending more money.
3. Functionality Can Be A Burden
Having a survival knife with 35 uses is pointless if you only need it to do 1 or 2 things. Remember, the functionality of your gear is only as good as your need in the moment. Everything else is wasted pounds. Survival gear works best when everything you carry serves a purpose. If it can serve a primary and secondary service that you need, then all the better. What you want to be wary of is gear that promises to do everything. While there are certainly gear out there that will save you weight by combining several different useful tools in one, other gear will simply weigh you down with options you don’t need. Understanding your needs is one of the best ways to save money, as every purchase you make will be directed towards your overall goal.