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Discussion in 'JK Handmade Knives' started by JK Knives, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    What would be the minimum gear you would always carry with you to survive, whether it be urban or in the woods? Be creative, and list what purpose each item would serve for you. I`m not talking long term survival, just what would make life bearable for 2 - 3 days.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2012
  2. Rockywolf

    Rockywolf Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Lighter, SAK, fire steel, flashlight, water bottle. I think the items are self explanatory. I can use the clothes on my back to collect dew/or water, drink out of water bottle or filter/boil in it. SAK for a ton of uses, flashlight to get around in dark or in dark places (cave, heavily wooded area, buildings), fire steel and lighter as backups to each other for producing warmth or heat to cook with...

    Fun to get my rusty mind going! Good thread.
  3. KYenglish


    Nov 26, 2010
    What I would chose to carry if I had options and was being purposefully minimalist would be similar to rockywolf, who knows a good deal more then me after all. But if i had to change something I might try:

    Lighter, SAK, firesteel, fishing line and durable plastic poncho/bag/tarp.

    The line is fairly obviously for snares, fishing and general binding tasks (to help make some place to sleep etc) and the tarp/poncho can still be a container for water but can also be a roof to sleep under...I guess I'm just assuming it's going to rain on this trip :)
  4. outdoorsfan


    Sep 30, 2009
    I guess if you really wanted to pare things down to bear minimums, I would want

    1) a reliable way to make fire
    2) a way to carry and purify water
    3) a knife
    4) a smartphone
    5) for urban, I might say money for this one but for the woods possibly navigation tools

    There are many more things that would make a few days bearable, but with this I would say survivable.
  5. mbeebe


    Jan 26, 2012
    I'd include clothing as part of my gear selection; you have to be deliberate about what you are wearing, depending on environment of course. Assuming anything from arid/semi-arid to broadleaf/subtropical, for a couple three days, to make life most bearable with bare-minimum gear I'd carry:

    Knife, preferrably 3 to 6" fixed blade/Firesteel
    steel water bottle
    Wool clothing, especially socks, base-layer (I think people underestimate the importance of clothing/fabric in making life bearable, and even if acknowledged, wool is too often overlooked. Manmade/synthetic doesn't cut it!)
    Leather footwear

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