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Survival Kit

You can try your best to avoid injuries and accidents, but the fact of the matter is that you are going into nature where you can’t control everything. You never know when something will happen to you or someone in your party. Eventually, something will happen. Cuts can become infected, your canoe may tip and you may lose some supplies, you may get lost, etc. Any number of scenarios can happen. So why risk being unprepared? A good rule of thumb is expect the unexpected and be prepared.

survival kits

Here is a list of things that should be in your survival kit.

  • Waterproof case: to put everything in. When canoeing, make sure that this is tied to the canoe, just in case you flip.
  • Pocket knife, Swiss Army knife or multi utility tool: use it for cutting twigs or dinner, building shelters, etc.
  • Bug repellent (with DEET).
  • Whistle: after an hour of yelling for help, your voice will go but the whistle won’t.
  • Compass: It is easy to lose your direction when you’re panicked.
  • Waterproof matches: keep them in Ziploc bags, just in case.
  • Metal cup: it can act as a small pot. Plus it is always a good idea to boil your drinking water.
  • First-aid kit: gauze, cotton balls, adhesive tape, alcohol wipes, Band-Aids, tweezers, Tylenol.
  • Plastic poncho: they are cheap, they take up hardly any space and they’ll help keep you a little dry.
  • Emergency blanket: they help you keep warm by holding onto your body heat. When folded, they’re extremely small.
  • Flares: they’ll allow you to be seen.
  • Hot drinks: tea bags, instant coffee, Cup-o-Soup, etc. They’ll help you get warm.
  • Thin plastic sheet: good for a quick shelter.
  • Twine: good for building shelters, making repairs, etc.
  • Fishing hook/fishing line/bobber: fishing may be boring but it could save your life.
  • Waterproof flashlight: you will want it at night.
  • Toilet paper or travel tissue package: unless you know which leaves you can wipe with, you’ll want them.
  • Duct tape: not necessary but it will definitely make things like making shelters or repairing things easier.
  • Emergency food (trail mix, granola bars, dried fruit)
  • Water filter or purification tablets: you may not always be able to build a fire to boil water.