Water, shelter and fire

by Nicholas
(North bay Ontario)

If you plan on going into the wilderness and staying there for a long period of time like I have, you need curtain things.

- a metal bowl
- flint cylinder
- a drill bit (I'll explain)
- a tent (for as many people you have or need the space)
- a tarp (the bigger the better)
- military blanket(top of the line)
- knives with a range from big to small
- an axe or hatchet
- first-aid kit
- steel and copper wire
- rope or twin
- and a basic knowledge of the land you our going into.


First, you need to be able to find and have access to water. If you find water and need to purify it, use the metal bowl and boil your water.

A flint cylinder and a drill bit (cardon steel) is because the drill bit isn't your knife so you don't have to dull your knife creating fire.

Also bring twice as much flint as you might think you will need. The reason being, if your fire goes out, and you don't have more flint you could be in trouble.

Other people suggest to bring lighters and matches, but those things can be unreliable.

Metal bowl is to boil water and to carry it from point A to point B.

A tent, pretty straight forward, somewhere to hide you from nature, weather and bugs animals.

Camping in caves is good, but you can't have a fire in a cave because heating up the rocks could make the cave, cave in or suffocate you.

A tarp is good for many things; catching rain fall, extra protection from weather and others.

A military blanket, they are ugly and grey, but they are the best blanket going, keeps you warm at night.

Knives, gut animals, cut grass and twigs from trees, make a spear, knives have many uses.

The reason being having a range of them is the right knife for the right job.

An axe or hatcher to cut tree down for fire wood or cut dead fall into small carry size pieces.

First-aid kit... well better be safe then sorry.

Steel wire, good for holding your tarp up, using to sow a cut up, and a snare.

See tracks in the mud or snow put a snare based on the size of the track and hope to get something good to eat.

Rope or twin basic things tieing things high in trees from bears ect.

Basic knowledge of plants and animals and the weather.


I survived for months in Canada with these things. I didn't bring any food or water.

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No fire in caves ?
by: Todd Owen ~ Denver, Co

Sorry , I admit I like your list but must disagree on the whole no fire in a cave scenario. I've camped here in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and have more than once sought shelter inside of one of them and was able to produce a fire. The key to that is putting the fire just a little inside the opening of the cave, you need to give yourself and or your party ample room to move around the fire or to leave the area, but it does work.Just keep a bond fire to a minimum , watch how the smoke enters and exits the cave and you shold be fine. Also I agree w the other poster about having a container w a lid on it as well, other than that you have a fine basic ,minimal weight list here....

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Good list
by: Anonymous

I would only add a container to carry water. I see the bowl and that covers a boiling container, but a lidded container is really very important. Did you mean certain or curtain...lol thx

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