Let’s say that you have taken care of all your solar power needs met, prepared for a power outage, survival food and water stocked, and have a flourishing garden where you grow fresh food. Your home is prepared and your emergency plan is in place and fully stocked.
That’s all perfect, if you never leave the house, but what will you do if an emergency strikes while you’re traveling, commuting or out of town?
Or what if you’re faced with a survival situation in the wilderness?
With a very limited number of items that you can carry in a survival situation, you need to make sure that some of those items have multiple purposes. Space and weight will suddenly become very important, and you may also find yourself having to deal with the elements that Mother Nature throws at you.
Two multipurpose items that come to mind immediately are a Swiss Army knife and duct tape. There’s almost no limit to what you can do with those versatile tools, and they should definitely be included in your bug-out bag.
But as far as protecting yourself from the environment and gaining the water you need to survive, following are three multipurpose items that you should try to never be without:
- Space Blanket or thick garbage bags. Uses include a rain poncho, sleeping bag, shade from the sun, an additional bag for holding gear and other items, an emergency buoyancy device, tying off a wound to lessen bleeding, an emergency shelter (with the help of cord), liner for shoes and boots, a water collector or carrier, a solar still, and keeping wet clothes or gear separate.
- Light-weight food and water purifier. Food bars or other light-weight food items and a small portable water purifier can help in the event you are away from other supplies or need to provide for yourself until help comes.
- Paracord. Uses include shoelaces, a fishing line, lashing sticks for shelters, restraining a human or animal, towing branches for fires, wrapping handles for easier carrying, a weapon when tied to a heavy object, strapping various items to a load-bearing object, and securing doors.
If you want to put yourself in the best possible position to survive when stuck in the worst conditions, those three items will help you. Try not to ever be without them.