The 10 Essentials of a knife
The 10 Essentials of a knife Your wallet will rest much better at night if you would just take lunch to work with you rather than buying it so often.
It might be nice to stop after work and have a couple of drinks at the nearby pub or jazz bar to decompress, but what is it costing you? Depending on your drink of choice, you can probably get twice the number of drinks for the same price if you changed one thing. Rather than stop at the bar, go to a liquor store and go home. Sit on the deck and relax. If the weather is bad then just sit on the couch. You can still go to the bar once in a while; just not so much.
Remember, you do not have to give up coffee, lunch or even drinks after work. If you want to save money though, you are going to have to sacrifice. This is not such a bad place to start. No one expects to be stranded or lost in the wilderness. Whether you travel by car through remote areas or you enjoy a day hike in familiar hills, being prepared for an emergency survival situation can mean the difference between life and death.
Here are the essential ten items to put in a lightweight backpack to ensure you have the best chance of surviving the unexpected.
- Fire starting equipment
- Tarp - 50 ft. of nylon rope - Knife - Water bottle - Lightweight cooking pot - Emergency poncho - Compass - Whistle and mirror - First-aid kit
Fire Starting Equipment
The ability to make fire tops the list because fire means the ability to get warm, dry and make water safe for drinking. Survival experts say you should always travel with at least two fire starting devices--at least one of which should be an all-weather fire-starting rod or, preferably, a metal match. Tinder cubes or cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly may also be a handy addition as they make fire starting possible in even the wettest conditions. A butane lighter or waterproof wooden matches in a plastic zip bag can serve as an easy flame source in dry, calm weather but...
Knife The most universally useful tool in a wilderness environment is the sports knife. A sturdy hunting or survival knife is not only useful to cut things such as rope and cloth, but also to dig holes, split kindling, hone wooden steaks, clean fish and help accomplish countless other tasks. A wish Gerber Prodigy with a five-inch blade is the best choice. Choosing the right knife for you, however, can be nearly mind-boggling. While you could easily pay several hundred dollars for a top-notch survival knife, there are adequate knives available for...
Emergency Poncho Extremely inexpensive, lightweight and incredibly handy: no emergency kit should be without an emergency poncho or two. Staying dry while traveling is vital to your survival chances and the emergency poncho does a very effective job as an outside layer against precipitation and provide one more layer of thermal insulation in cold weather. Many pre-made survival kits come with emergency blankets as well. While, these space-age-looking metallic sheets can be fashioned into a decent rain guard and do a moderate job of retaining of heat as a blanket--many survival experts caution...
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