What kind of survival gear do I need?
This is one of the most common questions that we receive. I probably receive at least a couple of emails everyday asking me what gear is the best. It’s a highly debated topic on survival blogs, websites, and forums; but I think it sometimes overshadows what’s really important.
Newbies, and even some old timers, often obsess over their gear. Sometimes they put so much emphasis on their gear that it can actually become detrimental to their ability to survive. I love survival gear as much as the next guy, but I think our attention deficit disorder society has created a culture that is addicted to the quick and easy fix.
I see it time and time again, people who load up on survival gear and then live under the delusion that they are somehow prepared for everything. But that’s not how it works.
Your survival gear
is only as good as your training.
If you lack the skills to survive in the wilderness, then all the fancy gear in the world isn’t going to be able to save your life. In fact, I would put my skills up against any piece of fancy gear, any day.
It’s not that I don’t like survival gear, I have a lot of it, and I often make gear recommendations. But when someone is new to the subject of survival there is nothing as valuable as information, knowledge, and real world practice. Once you have a good grasp on what’s needed to survive, then you can start to choose what survival gear to buy.
If you are just getting started, then stick to the basics.
Water, Food, Shelter and Protection.
The survival gear that you choose needs to be based on a number of factors. Your location, your skill set, and even the most likely disasters that you’ll face all need to be taken into consideration when choosing a piece of gear.
In my opinion water, food, shelter and protection are the most important things that you can focus on. They are the fundamental building blocks to any good survival bag, and should be the foundation that the rest of your gear is built off of. If you can cover those four categories, you will be far better off than 99% of the country.
Having the right gear can make life a whole lot easier, but eventually your gear is going to fail. Investing in your skill set is the only sure-fire way to ensure your long-term survival.