Shelter is an important aspect of every outdoor venture.  Your first layer of shelter is the clothing on your back, this provides you just enough to stay warm and dry for short periods of time. Your second layer of shelter is a stationary structure whether it is a small tent or a full blown log cabin. Knowing how to make shelter for you and your family is an important skill in Bushcraft. 10 Survival Gadgets put to the Test
Great read for someone like myself that would like to know the basic's of outdoor living. This book is every bit the book I was told it was. Straight to the point and plenty of pic's so you do not have to guess what the writer is trying to describe as is the case with a lot of outdoor books/guides. I like the way he tells you about the different approaches/techniques for the same topic and which one he prefers and why. I am enjoying this book and look forward to my next camping trip so I can try these shills out for myself. This book is for the novice not the pros, it covers topics in plain simple talk and not some industrie language where the writer assumes you already know what is being talked about.
"description": "When unexpected emergencies arise having a few key supplies on hand can make all the difference. The Personal Safety Emergency Pack contains basic survival items, signaling devices, and first-aid supplies. It will support one person during a short-term emergency situation and allow you to treat minor injuries. With its convenient, compact size the Personal Safety Emergency Pack can easily fit into a desk drawer or glove compartment.
"Mini survival kits" or "Altoids tin" survival kits are small kits that contain a few basic survival tools. These kits often include a small compass, waterproof matches, minimum fishing tackle, large plastic bag, small candle, jigsaw blade, craft knife or scalpel blade, and/or a safety pin/s. Pre-packaged survival kits may also include instructions in survival techniques, including fire-starting or first aid methods. In addition, parachute cord can be wrapped around the tin. The parachute cord can be used for setting up an emergency shelter or snaring small animals. They are designed to fit within a container roughly the size of a mint tin.
Bushcraft knives are an essential component to any outdoor adventurer’s basic kit along with a good compass and a tactical flashlight. In an emergency situation a bushcraft knife can literally be the difference between life and death. So it’s crucial that you have one that won’t shrink from difficult tasks that may be required to ensure your survival.

If you do not find an old used knife, you get the Mora Knife 840 for 10,- € in every Bauhaus building side do it yourself shop. They sell it under the name “Bauhaus Arbeitsmesser, Mora 840”. It is there in a red sheath, and it is printed Bauhaus on, but that doesn’t matter! In other shops for gardening tools you get the “Fiskars K 40” for 10 € too, that is more or less the same knife.


The Kaito Powered Emergency Weather Alert Radio is an AM/FM NOAA weather radio that gets short wave perception. Its shortwave perception allow its signal to travel much farther than traditional AM/FM radios. It can be powered via hand crank, solar, computer, AC, or battery. This radio is made out of heavy-duty materials and can withstand harsh conditions. This is a reliable emergency radio that can provide weather and emergency updates spanning over a wide range. This is a great radio to use during hurricanes and snow storms when reception and power can be spotty. PROS: Radio gets short wave perception. CONS: Solar power takes a long time to charge. Image Courtesy of Amazon

The bare minimum, as far as gear goes, includes just enough to survive. What the means is up to you. If you read the popular book Hatchet, where a young boy experienced a plane crash and only had a hatchet to survive, you know a lot can get done. However, you can pack a lot into a small backpack to use for bushcraft and wilderness survival. Common tools include:
Multi-tools have come a long way from their simple origins. Gerber’s Center-Drive multi-tool provides full size tools in a compactly designed folding package. The Center Axis bit driver works like a real screw driver and magnetically holds any standard driver bit (the tool comes with a sleeve of 12 assorted bits). It even has one-hand opening plier jaws that open with a flick of your thumb. The knife blade is 420HC steel and 3.25 inches long. The tool also has a saw, wire cutter, pry bar with nail puller, bottle opener, awl and file. The Center-Drive is made in the USA.
I don’t need to explain why you need this. Just turn on the news. Mass casualty incidents have become the new normal in our sad world, and the situation seems to be escalating. Accidental injuries are a frequent occurrence too. For situations like these, and other emergencies, North American Rescue has designed a Civilian Trauma Kit to provide lifesaving equipment that almost anyone can use. Focused on bleeding control, the CTK consists of a tough clear pouch full of easy-to-use medical supplies. Most importantly, the kit contains a C-A-T® tourniquet, one of the safest and most effective pre-hospital tourniquets available. The kit also contains gauze and pressure dressings to control life threatening bleeds that are not on a limb. Keep a kit like this in your vehicle, hunting pack, bug-out bag and even in your EDC gear. The life you save may be your loved one’s or your own.

We all know Zippo for their classic lighters, but that isn’t their only fire-starting product. In recent years, Zippo has introduced a number of survival supplies and they continue to refine their product line. Their new Emergency Fire Kit is a major upgrade from their older “lighter-shaped” fire kit. This water-resistant tube is made from tough ABS plastic, making the kit durable while keeping it light enough to float in water. The EFK features the same trusty Zippo flint wheel that is made in the USA for their lighters. It’s even replaceable, though you’d probably never have to swap it out. The flint wheel is rated for 1,700 sparks. The kit also comes with five wax-soaked tinder tabs that burn for five minutes each. These tabs will catch a spark, wet or dry, after shredding the end to expose a few fibers. You can also use the hole in the tinder to place it on a stick (easier to insert into a fire lay or move around). If you do happen to burn up all of your tinder tabs (during practice, which I would recommend), they are replaceable as well.
THE MOST COMFORTABLE HAMMOCK EVER TreeSack hammocks are a natural forming cradle that allow you to be in a naturally comfortable position. Customers with back pain rave about the ability to nap or sleep without feeling pain or aggravation. Being rested at the utmost level allows you to take on the day and all the adventures it has in store. Tree Sacks are flat out AWESOME!

Benchmade have come up with a bushcraft knife every outdoorsman is going to want on their belt with the Bushcrafter 162. This is a full-tang blade crafted from S30V stainless steel and at 4 ½ inches it’s large enough and tough enough for anything the wild throws your way. Edge retention is excellent and the drop point blade, so favored by survival minded outdoorsmen, is ready for a full day of notching, chopping and whittling as well as gutting, cleaning and skinning. If you want a larger bushcraft knife to optimize your chances of survival it’s hard to beat the Bushcrafter 162.
Hi Pat, my recommendation does not contravene any UK law. I think what you are referring to is that you can only carry a non-locking blade of less than three inches without reasonable cause (e.g. a non-locking penknife). That said, there it is not illegal to own a fixed blade knife or lock knife or non-locking knife of more than three inches. Any knife can be considered an offensive weapon under certain circumstances. But this is no different to, say, a chisel. Just as a carpenter can carry tools to a job and use them on a job, so can an outdoors person take suitable (and legal) tools to the woods to use them.
The handle - If you can’t get a good solid grip in any conditions your bushcraft knife isn’t going to be a lot of good to you. So the handle material is very important. G10 glass filled nylon is a popular choice because it’s durable and can be textured to give you a nice firm grip. TPE is another excellent handle material for a bushcraft knife. It’s a composite of various polymers that can effectively mimic the characteristics of rubber. Which makes for the all-important solid grip when you’re chopping with your bushcraft knife. Some knives use walnut or other natural woods, though we wouldn’t recommend those for your bushcraft knife if you don’t have previous experience with them.
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