The survival kit that you put together for rural use will not be the same kit as you put together for urban places or cities.
Sure, some items will overlap because they’re essential no matter what, but at the same time there are also items that will be most important to keep in any bug out bag or survival kit intended for use outside of the city.
Here are the top items you need to have in your rural survival kit:
First things first: every survival kit of any kind needs to have a knife.
For rural survival, it will be preferable to have a fixed blade knife that you can keep strapped to your side, and will provide greater durability over a folding blade knife.
One of the best and most proven fixed blade knives in existence is the military KA-BAR knife, which has been in use for several decades.
Magnesium Flint Striker
One of the very best fire starting devices is the magnesium flint striker.
What’s awesome about the magnesium flint striker is how reliable it is. You can submerge it totally in water and it will still strike a spark afterwards. The same can’t always be said about matches or lighters.
How the magnesium flint striker works is simple. It consists if two pieces, a strip of flint and a block of magnesium. All you will additionally need is a knife:
- Gather your kindling and fuel
- Use your knife to shave a small pile of magnesium (around the size of a dime)
- Strike the knife against the flint to create a spark
- If the spark lands on the magnesium, it will catch flame
- Add kindling to your flame, and then add more fuel to build a larger fire
Always carry a flashlight in your survival kit, and specifically, carry a bright and durable LED flashlight.
Some of the best flashlights in the industry are made by Maglite, who build a wide variety of different sizes of duty flashlights primarily for military and law enforcement units.
Not only do their flashlights shine very brightly, they are also incredibly durable and can be used as a clubs if you need them to.
Of course, be sure to include extra batteries for your flashlight in your survival kit as well.
Duct tape is awesome, and yet it’s also strangely overlooked when it comes to survival.
Seriously, you can use duct tape to repair just about everything. You can use it for these purposes for example:
- Mend Clothing, Tarps, Ponchos, etc.
- Tie Somebody Up
- Use As Makeshift Bandage
- Tie A Splint To Your Leg
- Tie Up Into Feathers For Arrows
- Cut Into Cordage
- Fix A Leak In A Water Bottle
- Provide Insulation To Your Shoes
LifeStraw Water Filter
The LifeStraw is, without question, the very best personal water filter that is available on the market.
It is very small and light and can be easily carried around in your pocket or around you neck thanks to the cord it ships with.
The best thing about the LifeStraw is it allows you to drink the water directly from the source.
Features of the LifeStraw include:
- Filters up to one thousand liters of contaminated water
- DOES NOT use iodide, chlorine, or other chemicals
- Removes 99.9% of waterborne parasites
- Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria
- Filters to 0.2 Microns
- Exceeds Filtration Standards Set By The EPA
- 2 ounce Weight
- 9 Inch Length
Portable Aqua Water Tablets
In addition to a water filter that will allow you to drink from a source, you are also going to need water tablets as well that will decontaminate water through you.
The best survival water purification tablets that money can buy today are the Portable Aqua Water Tablets.
Features of the Portable Aqua Water Tablets include:
- Makes Water Safe To Drink in 30 Minutes
- Contains 50 Tablets In A Single Bottle
- Will Treat 25 Quarts of Water In Total
Paracord (550 lb)
Paracord is easily one of the most versatile survival items in existence. There is no better item you can have on hand for lashing together things and building shelter than paracord.
Furthermore, you can use paracord for a myriad of other survival related purposes as well, including:
- Repelling Down A Steep Cliff
- Tying Somebody Up
- Tying A Perimeter Around Your Camp
- Trip Wire
- Fishing Line
- Makeshift Sling
- Tie A Splint To A Broken Limb
- Medical Emergency Tourniquet
- Makeshift Belt
- Tie Knots
- Make Traps and Snares
Paracord is something that just needs to be in every survival kit, without question. 550 lb paracord is the gold standard.
Your tarp can serve as the floor, wall, or ceiling of your shelter (or all of those things at once).
While a tarp is big and bulky, and adds a lot of weight to your survival kit, it is a must have because there is simply no better material for protecting yourself from rain.
You can also use a tarp as a blanket, for privacy, or to catch rain water.
The tarp you choose for your rural survival kit should have the following features:
- Laminated Rip-Stop Durable Polyethylene Material (on both sides)
- Rope Reinforced Edges
- 8×10 Feet in Size
- Shrink Proof
For shielding yourself from rain while you travel through the woods, you’re absolutely going to need a poncho.
Your poncho can additionally serve as a mattress, a blanket, or a pillow if it needs to be.
Any high quality outdoor poncho will work here. Just avoid the flimsy $1 ones that can really only be used once because they rip and tear so easily.
The final shelter item that will be highly valuable for rural survival is a hammock.
The rationale behind having a hammock in your survival kit is simple: it keeps you up off of the wet, cold, and soggy ground, which will help keep you warm and dry.
There is also no better hammock than the Eno Eagle’s Nest Hammock. At just sixteen ounces, it fits very nicely into a compact storage bag for ease of transportation and organization, and it is one of the most popular outdoor hammocks ever made.
Remember to buy straps with the hammock as well (Atlas straps).