Ever wonder exactly what you should bring with you on your hunting and fishing trips in case of an emergency? Here is a list of some things that you should consider throwing in your truck next time you’re loading up for a weekend in the woods or on the water.

What survival gear to buy and what to avoid, from someone who actually uses it. 

Although most of these items are practical and a good idea to carry with you, I’ll suggest a few alternatives.

It’s always important to bring a compass with you, however, make sure it has a mirror; it’s useful to check yourself for ticks in hard-to-see places.

Also, I recommend swapping out the cotton blanket for a cashmere or lamb’s wool sweater. If the cotton blanket were to get wet, it would be no good as far as keeping you warm.

As far as carrying weight goes, some of these items might be a bit excessive, but you never know what could happen in the wilderness. I’ve never been in a situation where it was bad to be over-prepared, but believe me, I’ve spent time cursing myself out for not being better prepared. It’s worth it to at least pack a separate bag for these items in case the worst-case scenario occurs.

Any other items that you deem a necessity for survival gear? Comment with any suggestions you might have, because overall, knowledge is really the best survival equipment to bring with you.

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