Backpack Survivor Skills – What to Pack in the situation of a disaster

Have you noticed how many things women pack for a trip? Almost everything that they own… isn’t it? It’s as if their life depended on it even if they can’t haul it past their doorstep.

While this might one of those Life situations that is funny, there are other times (such as in the case of being prepared for a disaster) where knowing what to pack in order to survive the worst natural or man-made disaster can make the difference between Life and death.

The Backpack Survivalist

While you are busy laughing at the situation provided earlier, there comes a point when being a backpack survivalist entails lugging into the woods whatever you can carry, and in some case, you’ll realize that you need more than a backpack.

Take for example, the situation of a nuclear disaster or even a hurricane. In both cases, you have to leave the scene for a carefully chosen hideout where you might have to stay at for a certain amount of time.

So, what do you carry then?

If you’re thinking: A year’s supply of food… you’ve got another thing coming because of the fact that you will need a truck to carry so much with you, not understanding that there are other things that you might need in order to survive especially if you have carefully picked a hideout where there isn’t any ready made food or water.

Bare Necessities to carry in a Backpack

While you might ideally want to carry a lot of food, water, medication, guns and so on and so forth, it wouldn’t be a good idea to carry all this stuff in vehicle and drive off since there will be several people like you on the road as well.

However, there are some items that you must carry with you in your backpack in order to survive in these situations because without which – there will be no second chances.

#1: Maps, guide book and a compass
Lewis Carroll once quoted: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” And while this saying was meant in a figurative sense, there is great truth in it especially if you are attempting to survive a national disaster. Keep the latest maps, guide books and a compass with you at all times.

#2: Water
In order to avoid infection, carry water with you, even if you wish to risk your life and limb by drinking water from natural sources. This is imperative!

#3: Fire
The ability to build a fire is one of the most basic skills that one has to learn when in the jungle. Waterproof matches, tinder, firesticks, lighters, lighter fluid are necessary just in case you are cold.

#4: Knife
Try a Swiss Army knife which can really come in handy in a variety of situations.

#5: Items like an emergency blanket & a rain suit
You won’t enjoy hypothermia if you are caught in the rain, and these two items can not only provide you with warmth but serve a dual purpose in creating a shelter.

#6: First Aid, medication and extra clothing
Just in case you slip your footing and get injured, it would be advisable to carry first aid so that you can tend to yourself rather than being left susceptible to infection out in the wild.

In Closing
Remember that not carrying any of these items can cause you more harm than good, and truthfully speaking, still is a bare essentials list.

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  • oaking

    Check the Boy Scouts “10 essentials” list for the absolute minimum you should carry, The essentials are required for even a day hike. Be Prepared.

  • Wyatt

    Common Sense , these emergency survival items are mentioned in every backpacking book in print as well as the Boy Scout Handbook . The motto “Be Prepared” didn’t come about by accident . These basic items accompany me on all my backpacking trips long or short . I may never need them but they are still in my pack and are updated and replaced yearly if not used or after each trip when used . To date , I have never in nearly 50 years of outdoors travel needed anything more than a band-aid or asprin but , still I don’t leave home with out it or , a pack of emergency survival rations . Sure it adds a pound or two to the pack weight but this is a small price to pay for staying alive . In a situation such as a hurricane or Nuclear emergency these items would be well worth any extra weight as you travel to your safe spot . Hopefully all family members and or friends you take with you are as well prepared . Again , it is only Common Sense to have these items . God willing , you will never need them but , better safe than sorry .

  • Paul Smith

    Swiss knives are great as are multitools like the Leatherman series but if I had to make a choice I’d give both up in a heartbeat for a quality, full-tang, drop point, Scandi grind, five inch or longer carbon steel blade.

  • oaking

    Correct, it is a very minimal list – for back pack bugout – carry what you need to provide water. shelter, and food. You can carry a tent, but it does add weight, you can carry a sleeping bag, but it does add weight. Think of the barest set of tools needed to provide the basics, then add other comforts – which can be discarded if needed.

  • Nightwing K’Trevala

    Pack an extra pair of glasses as well, NOT Contacts. Contacts are easily lost and the cleaner and saline needed for them takes up more valuable room in your pack as opposed to a pair of glasses

  • dude

    yea! you and me both …for boy scouts swiss knife is ok …but in a life and death sit.i’ll take the high carbon steel knife and knowledge myself …beside have you ever tried to baton a piece of wood with a swiss army knife …if you can you’re a lot better than me …

  • Paul Smith

    I value my fingers and my knives to much to attempt that. Swiss Army knives have their place but not if they’re busted.

  • dude

    me to I can do a lot more with the knife like baton wood or make a feather stick …and the carbon blade with a ferrison rod to start a fire… a lighter would be all right if it worked but taking a chance fire starter is a safer bet

  • dude

    a lot of this stuff that’s mentioned is good stuff but the one most important thing to me that hasn’t been mentioned by anybody is practice and knowlage …you can pack everything you have seen or read but it won’t do you any good if you don’t no what or how or when to use it…you need to go out even in your back yard and learn to use

  • oldman67

    In many cases if you just look around nature provides a shelter or they aren’t that hard to build.

  • The Apache

    Hello to everyone:
    Actually a few tools can last you a life time.
    Most tools can be made with other tools; however, there are several that
    you can not easily make: Files, (all kinds) saw blades (for wood and
    metal), nails, (16p & 8p); concrete nails – (high carbon steel),
    Allen wrenches. With a good 3/16″ thick 12″ long full tang knife plus a
    Morakniv sharp knife for small work and paracord rounds out the Tool
    section for long term survival to build other tools, shelters, etc.
    Fire starting Bic’s 10 plus real fire stick ferro type 1/2″ diameter, 6″
    long (available on Amazon), and sharpening water stones of 1,000, 2K,
    5K and 12K are necessary for keeping your blade sharp, along with tuna
    cans to make char cloth, storm proof matches, water tight container to
    make fires along with about 5 durable snares using steel cables and
    Victor Rat traps for larger animals will up your chances of finding
    food. Sawyer water filters (about 4) would help with the water thing.
    Boiling water in stainless steel containers is another luxury you don’t
    want to forget. Minimum of MRE’s for 2 days. (too salty). couple of
    beef Raman noodles to get you going for two days. Temporary shelter
    tarps and warm clothing for cold climates. Then you better have the
    skills to survive and know how to make things… Get on YouTube and
    immerse yourselves in survival videos, noting the long term aspects
    rather than the short term (2-day fun outing) ones.
    There is one about a year in the wilderness… Good luck…
    It seems that none of this was covered in the above article… hummmm?

  • The Apache

    tools trump food any day. files, saw blades, nails, allan wrenches, hard to make; however, they make other tools easily. Check out bushcraft and Ray Mears videos on YouTube

  • dude

    you and me both .I can do about everything I need to do with it …but if you go that route use it practice with it doing task

  • pastor433

    I’ve never understood these folks and there 100’s of stainless garbage knifes. You sire make fine knife choices.

  • Paul Smith

    Thank you sir, I do like my knives.

  • Alleged Comment

    Good, but you left out WEAPON!!! Gun, survival knife or spear and shield, bow and arrow, mace, whatever!

  • William L. Ramsburg

    THANKS again for your email!!!

  • VieteranGunsmith

    One thing every survival kit list lacks is orienteering equipment. People need a decent compass, an area map and the ability to use them to find their way if the disaster involves being lost. You may have to eventually find civilization or you might have someone send you for help because of their inability to move, and knowing your way around land navigation is an essential element of surviving those kinds of situations. Yours or other people’s very lives may depend on whether you can get out of a wilderness area. Most people are no good off the pavement, and these skills are invaluable even if you are in the middle of a city. Planning your route, and having a contingent route if the original is somehow denied is a skill anyone can master but few train to do it effectively. When the grid is unavailable, no cell service, no GPS works, you have to be able to see what is in front of you, and be able to find your way. A good quality compass can be inexpensive, compact and light weight. Maps are available from USGS for serious hikers and outdoorsmen, as well as available for retail purchase. A good compass needs to have the basic markers for direction N-S-E-W, degree markings and a liquid filled center where the “needle” floats. Liquid filled compasses are faster to settle and point true, and they tolerate inadvertent human movements. There are many books on land navigation and some are small enough to pack with your kit. Using landmarks, maps, a compass and common sense will help you determine your position relative to a given objective, and you simply follow the line that points toward your desired goal. You can pack all sorts of things if you can carry them, but the best way to survive in a wilderness situation is get out of it.