Getting out Alive

The survival kit

When it comes to survival in the outdoors, modern technologies often aren’t much use. We need fail-safe equipment and knowledge to get us through. The techniques and advice haven’t changed much over the years, but it’s worth keep yourself up-to-date on what you need and what you need to do.

So what are the essentials that you should take in the backcountry. Firstly, do a basic survival course and learn some bushcraft. The one-stop shop for this is the Mountain Safety Council, or otherwise ask at your local tramping or mountaineering club.

Secondly, always put a survival kit on your gear list. This should include at least:

  • Lighter or matches
  • Survival blanket
  • Fishhooks & line
  • Bandage/plasters
  • Compass
  • Cord
  • Plastic bags
  • Aluminium foil
  • Tinder (cotton wool or firelighters)
  • Rubber inner tube (can also be used as tinder)
  • Pad & pencil
  • Whistle
  • Knife

    Thirdly, and this should really be firstly, get an emergency locator beacon. This is the one piece of modern technology that will undoubtedly save your life. You may still need to spend a night in the open with your basic survival kit, but hopefully only one night. They are expensive, but we recommend you spend your money on this rather than a pair of shiny new boots.

    This is only a taster to the world of survival, we suggest you start here and keep improving your skills and knowledge over time.