Raw Survival – Pick Your Most Important Piece Of Survival Gear

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time you know I love outdoor related survival stuff.  I’ve learned a lot from reader’s comments on this subject, which is one of the reasons I like to write about it.  Everybody has their own experiences with camping, hiking, hunting, or just doing short day hikes on trails.

Everybody who goes outside for any length of time should have a small kit and/or a large amount of survival knowledge because no one knows when TS will HTF.  You might get lost, fall and break an ankle, or whatever.

One recent comment that got me thinking was that they’d choose a metal pot over a knife because sharp edges can be manufactured in the field.  Excellent point!  That’s the kind of thing I like to sit and think about.

In the interest of gaining more viewpoints about survival camping gear I offer the following scenario and pose a question.  Here goes:

It is fall in Maine (my scenario – my state) and you’re canoeing down a river in Northern Aroostook County.  You’re thirty miles up river from the nearest town (that you’re aware of.)  Night time temps are anywhere from 15 to 30 degrees and the water is cold and it’s forecast to rain and snow over the next day or so, although it’s clear and sunny at the moment. Your well stocked canoe tips over and you plunge into the icy water.  You emerge from the water uninjured, but you’re cold and wet and hypothermia is threatening.

You’re well dressed for the outside.  Wool socks and heavy boots, warm underwear and heavy pants, a thermal undershirt, wool sweater, and a warm jacket, plus wool hat and a warm pair of gloves.

The canoe goes down the river without you, but you’re able to salvage three pieces of gear in addition to your warm clothing.  Only three.

What three pieces of gear would you want to survive?

Here’s what I would choose, but I’d love to hear what you have to say.

1.  Knife – Becker Campanion campanion

2.  Fire Steel   firesteel

3.  Military Poncho poncho


Here’s my reasoning:  I’ll use the knife and fire steel to get a fire going and dry out my clothing.  The poncho can be used as protection from the rain (the purpose a poncho was originally designed for), to catch rain water for drinking, and to provide shelter when I stop at night – both for me and the fire I’ll start.

I’m going to try and walk out by heading down river.  You could probably walk out in a day and a half if everything was perfect, but this the Northern Maine wilderness and I’ll be happy to make ten miles a day.

There’s my choices and reasoning.  What gear do you want?

-Jarhead Survivor