Think of your complete survival kit as something that should evolve and change according to your needs, rather than as something that you assemble once and toss into your pack each time you travel. Survival is is situation specific, and certain tools that may help you in the Arctic or the boreal forest will do you little good in the desert or jungle.
And as you’ll soon see, different forces are at work in different areas. Ignore them at your peril. If I’m going tripping in the boreal forest of northern Ontario in the middle of May, the first thing I know I need is bug netting, which is specific to that region and time of year. Do I need to pack bug netting if I’m skiing across the Arctic tundra in the middle of November? Nope. It’s important that you take these factors into consideration before every trip.
You may also consider taking along a bug shirt and bug pants, a variety of which are now on the market.
In summer, bug netting is a vital addition to your survival kit. And in the spring, sunglasses will protect your eyes from snowblindness, which can result when the sun reflects off the snow all day and night.
Shelter is crucial in the jungle, so take an extra garbage bag or two. Insects can be a huge problem in certain areas and at certain times of year, so take bug netting too.
This story is an excerpt from the book Survive! by survival expert Les Stroud, best known for his hit show “Survivorman” on the Discovery Channel.
Feature image by Laura Bombier.