A small plastic lighter can make all the difference in an emergency. Also consider packing a magnesium starter or a book of matches as back-up.
2. Cell Phone
Cell phones are practically mandatory survival items these days. Just don’t forget to bring a charger. For more remote locations, a satellite phone may be necessary.
3. Iodine Tablets
In addition to bringing enough water, fill a small pill bottle with iodine tablets. Iodine tablets are perfect for survival kits because they are way easier to pack than a water filter. These tablets don’t add the best taste to water, but they will get you through those areas where drinking water isn’t readily available.
What you thought was a day hike turns into an overnight affair. That’s when you’re really going to need your flashlight and/or headlamp. Just don’t forget to pack extra batteries!
A pocket knife is good. A multi-tool knife is great.
Whether you bring along some homemade fire starter or a vial of emergency tinder tablets, dry kindling will be a godsend when you’re looking to start a fire.
7. Energy Bar
Stash an energy bar or two into your survival kit. When the going gets rough, an energy bar will feel like a feast.
8. Compass & Maps
Even the best technology can fail, which is why bringing along a compass and map is so essential. Before hitting the trail, be sure that you are packing the most up-to-date map!
9. Waterproof Shell
Even if the forecast says sunny, pack a light, waterproof outer shell. This shell should also act as a windbreaker.
10. Water Bottle
If you’ve got the space, bring an extra water bottle. You never know when you’ll need an extra container.
11. Extra Hiking Socks
Knowing you’ve packed a pair of dry hiking socks may be the ticket to getting you through those downtrodden moments on the trail. Thick socks can also double as mittens.