We have all watched in horror as a piece of our trusted survival gear breaks. We have all watched attachments break, blades snap and even handles crack. It happens. Most of the time it happens on a camping trip with little risk. Thank God for that! Still, it has a serious affect when it happens.
Instantly, you are transported to a place and time where that piece of gear is all that separates you from disaster. It’s a terrifying thought. It calls into question the quality of your gear and how you handle and maintain it.
What survival items can you add to your setup that never fail? Well, there are plenty, but three come to mind. These three will not only stand up against survival they will also make the biggest impacts on a survival situation.
For a long time, the survival cordage space was dominated by paracord or 550 cord. There was no getting away from this stuff. It became the ultimate in survival cordage primarily for its tensile strength and the 5 smaller strands of cordage that were inside of each strand.
I don’t want you to think that there is an epidemic of paracord failures. That is not why I am bringing it up. There are other alternatives and when it comes to cordage, bank line is less bulky and weighs about half as much as paracord. Now, that should get you excited.
Bank line can be purchased with vary degrees of tensile strength. It’s a finer cordage than paracord but its very strong. Bank line takes up much less space than paracord and that space savings is exponential as you increase the amount of cordage you carry. You can grab a 100-foot spool of quality bank line for about $4 or less.
No matter the situation you face, a spool of quality bank line can make you shelter, catch your food and stand the test of the outdoors.
If you go overboard in a canoe, if you roll down a steep embankment, if you find yourself in the throes of some situation that separates you from your gear or treats your gear to some blunt force trauma, the ferro rod will be there.
Aside from a modern lighter or a piece of flint and your survival knife, the ferro rod is the most dependable and fast acting fire starter there is. If you are looking for a fire-starting companion that will not fail you, invest in a nice thick ferro rod. Don’t buy one of the thinner rods.These can break easily. buy a 1 high quality ferrorod that will last.
Aside from the fact that it will never fail to shoot sparks, even if it’s wet you can just dry it off, the ferro rod is also going to lastyou a very long time. If you have efficient tinder making skills and you understand how to build and sustain a fire, you might only need a few scrapes on that ferro rod to make it work.
Imagine how long a ferro rod will last you if you scrape it a few times for each fire. This is why the ferro rod is one survival item that will never fail you. You ask it to bring sparks and it will do that over and over again.
Now, maybe you think I should bring you some impressive type of survival tool for the third item that will not fail you. A few come to mind. I could mention things like short handled axes or maybe something for creating shelter.
Its pretty clear that water, shelter and fire are the three most important parts of any survival situation. So, you might be asking yourself: why are you talking about bug spray?
Lots of survivalists get wrapped up in this idea of gear. They get to the point where they are wading in gear. However, things like sunscreen and bug spray are often left out. Could it be that these two items are just not exciting enough? They aren’t as cool as more modern survival gear?
Bug spray can make all the difference in a survival situation. If you are truly lost and trying to find your way out of the woods, you are going to need to be alert and awake. Sleeping in the woods, under a lean-to is challenging enough. Imagine getting bit by bugs all night, too! You can bet you will be groggy and tired come morning.
After a few days of hiking, without sleep, you will not be able to focus and getting out of the woods safely will become much harder.
Bug spray will never fail you. It is a powerful item that is light and easy to carry. There are many derivations of it but even some store-bought product will put an end to the gnats flying into your eyes or the biting mosquitos. Even bugs scurrying over you in the night can be brutal, if you aren’t used to it.
While the gear out today is impressive don’t forget about keeping the bugs and the sun at bay.
Of course, there are many other items that could be mentioned but I think these three offer up the benefits, the reliability the sweeping power to affect survival on many levels.
For the most part a serious rifle for hunting is another piece of gear that is rarely going to fail you. Take into account that you could even build that weapon from a simple 80 percent lower and then you know how to fix it even if it breaks!
That’s the type of mentality we all need to focus on. Even if these great tools fail us, can we fix them?