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Basic survival kit contents

By Michael Borg | Photos Matt Fehlberg, 08 Sep 2016 Gear

Basic survival kit contents

Essential items to pack in your survival kit, in case things go wrong out in the bush

The best survival skill you can have is the ability to improvise. However, packing a few survival items in your camping kit will go a long way in a bind.

• Candles and cotton balls are two fuel sources that are easy to light.
• A flint, lighter and waterproof matches provide three ways to start a fire if the others should fail.

• An aluminium bottle can not only be used to store water but boil it as well.
• Water purification tablets for sterilising water for drinking.
• Plastic bags and sheets can help to extract and store water.

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• Emergency blanket or poncho and rope serve double duty.

• Emergency whistle, torch and mirror.

• Food ration packs, plus fishing line and hooks.

• Bright marking tape can be used to retrace your steps and provide rescuers a path to follow.
• A compass to help find your bearings.

• Knife, first-aid kit and a torch.