SHTF Survival: 10 Survival Tools That Should Be In Your Survival Pack

SHTF Survival: 10 Survival Tools That Should Be In Your Survival Pack”


Let’s be honest, survival is not something you want to gamble your life on. Meeting your basic needs during a disaster is key to survival, and having the right set of tools to fall back on is paramount in your preparedness endeavors.

The ten tools listed below are some of the most important survival tools that should be in your 72-hour bags or survival bags. Of course, other items can be included, but these essentials are a must-have for every survival pack. Practice using these tools regularly so that you know their capability and their strength.

  1. Water Treatment: We simply cannot live without water. The more energy you consume, the more water your body will need. Having a means to purify water in a survival situation will help keep you hydrated, your brain functioning properly and your focus on survival. In addition, if you sustain an injury, water can be poured over the wound for cleaning.
  2. Compass and Map: Knowing which direction you are headed and where you need to be are essential. Keep maps of your surrounding area at home (in case you have to evacuate by foot), in your car and in your survival bags.
  3. Fire Starter, flint bars, matches or lighter: Having a way to produce fire can help you cook food and keep warm and prevent hypothermia.
  4. First Aid Kit: You do not want to be caught in a survival situation without a first aid kit. This kit assists in injury treatment and helps prevent infections from perpetuating.
  5. Mirror: Used for signaling, checking face for wounds, looking at your back for wounds/ticks, and can be used to start fire.
  6. Rope or Paracord: This can be used for making snares or assisting in making other traps lashing branches together to build a shelter, assisting in first aid (splints, tourniquets, slings), or to make survival tools such as spears.
  7. Survival Blanket or Bivvy: A bivvy or survival blanket can be used as an emergency shelter, sleeping bag or can be an extra layer added to your existing sleeping bag if you are expecting a cold night.
  8. Multi-tool: Used for notching or more complex wood working skills, opening cans, altering equipment, medical uses, if snare wire is around wire cutters can cut it.
  9. Lighting: Lanterns, light sticks, flashlights, and head lamps can help you find your way if in the dark. LEDs, solar and hand crank will get you the most for your money.
  10. Survival Knife: Survival knives should be made of good quality steel. Invest in one you can rely on. Make sure it is well made, is strong enough for rough field use, and is the best you can afford.

Bottom line is your preparedness tools are your life line andwithout them, you could be ill-equipped in a survival situation.


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Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

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5 thoughts on “SHTF Survival: 10 Survival Tools That Should Be In Your Survival Pack

  1. I would argue with some of it, for most folks. But some of it is good, too. Tess has certainly done a lot of writing. “tis good to learn skills before they are needed. After the skills are needed is a bit tardy.

    And some of us need to check out what our NEW limits are … I can’t just hop around and do what I used to do: run for miles and miles, high dive, free dive, climb, be cheerful all the time. SEE. I can’t see as well as I used to. Ha!! If I just assume I can do something, then I may endanger others, as well as myself. I can’t just perform a rescue. Phooey. I REALLY don’t like that. To know what to do, but be unable to do it. However not knowing what to do is the worst of all. So we have to be creative and figure out alternative ways to do things. As well as be prepared to use alternative methods and tools. And know how to avoid risky situations.

    I think the biggest help in survival may well be to be adaptable Strength and stamina are wonderful, but imagination goes a long way, too.

    I would add to the tools a hatchet and/or machete and wet stone and fine rasp, or at least a good rock to sharpen blades.

    And a small pot (with a good handle) to cook in. And a pot holder (I dislike burns). When you don’t have a pot to cook in, it can be really awkward. It is possible to cook, but it takes a lot more preparation and is not near about as easy.

    And a bunch of hemmed squares of cotton (flannel OK) cloth, such as xx-large bandanas. They work as well as, or better than, ace bandages and are useful for all sorts of other things. and make better splint ties than chord. Knock on wood you don’t need splints. And they can be washed and used again. Sweat bands, ear warmers, make-shift hats, underwear liners to absorb sweat, prevent chaffing and rashes, catch sneezes, wash-cloths/towels, around neck to keep itchy stuff off, compression bandages, extra shade hanging off hats, entertain kids, tie corners to make bags, fold to carry or protect things, use as strainers …. and much more.

    And a hat with a brim. Everybody needs a hat with mosquito/no-see-um netting. And several pairs of good quality dry socks.

    But this is just for if I can’t stay were I am. If I don’t have to carry everything in a back-pack, way way easier. Got all the tools needed, all the time, and plenty of pots and food to cook in ’em (knock on wood). Long term water is the long-term problem. Not impossible … but an ongoing bother .. er, knock on wood that it is/will be ONLY a bother rather than a crisis of itself … as water has already become, in some areas.

    Children have different needs depending on age. LOTS of IMMEDIATE needs. Many many needs. And wants. But kids are resilient and love adventure. If you can keep the energy up, and the ideas flowing, including the kid’s ideas … well imagination can carry a lot of burdens. ⭐

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