When one speaks of a survival backpack in today’s society, the idea may be considered quite extreme and unnecessary; however, the existence of this backpack could be the difference between life and death. Yes, the statement may be slightly dramatic insinuating that using a survival backpack is planning for the most dire circumstances, but you never know what will happen. Of course, we are not all heading off into the jungle living off our immediate supplies or preparing for the end of days; but it is nice to have the backpack prepared should something happen. This article will provide information on the top items that should be placed in an effective survival backpack.
Plainly put, the most obvious item all survival backpacks should include is water. All individuals require water to survive and it is seen that no individual can survive beyond 24 hours with it. Taking this into account, it is no wonder that water would be the top priority item for a backpack. If you do not wish to carry water bottles about in the pack, or you run out of water when handling the pack, there are other methods available to ensure continuous supplies of water. It is possible to ensure drinkable water by:
- boiling water with a portable stove
- filtering water with a mechanical filtration system (pocket water micro filter)
- purifying water with a purification system
While it is possible to survive using the clothes you are currently wearing, it is beneficial to have a fresh pair of underwear and socks at hand. Fresh underwear and socks (at least) are advantageous as morale boosters to increase your feelings of cleanliness as the days progress. They are also great to wear when you clean the current underwear and socks instead of having to go nude while waiting for laundry to dry. Always pack a spare set of clothing; this will be appreciated when the time comes to change.
Shelter is a necessity to ensure you are protected from the external environment. When packing a survival backpack it is important to consider the convenience of shelter and living items. While it is possible to create shelter from natural items, such as trees and rubble, it is always more convenient to use man-made tents. Packing and ultimately using a camping tent will save a great deal of time and effort when it is time to set up a sleeping area. It is also recommended that you pack a sleeping bag or sleeping pad to avoid having to sleep on hard, uncomfortable surfaces.
Food may not be as important as water; however, the packing of food is a high priority (especially energy bars). When placing food items in the pack, it is important to keep in mind the particular type of food items required. The idea of packing fresh fruits may be beneficial, but as a survival food this is not recommended as the food will rot and become inedible. Instead, it is recommended that dried foods and MRE foods be placed in the survival pack; always opt for foods that can be rehydrated as these are easier to carry and eat.