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What do you think is the most underrated piece of survival gear?

I want to deliberately exclude things to start fire, water and water filters, and food.

Aside from those, what item is it that you would want with you almost every time regardless of the circumstances?


Some people claim that I am unbalanced so for my personal circumstances, it would be my cane because I'm not very mobile without it. Also, the vast majority of the people I meet seem to be unaware that it can be used as a weapon. Even at airports it goes right through security without any questions.


Aside items useful only to my fellow unbalanced people, I find a good set of work gloves to be very useful. I don't want to be tearing up my hands pushing through brush or debris or otherwise having to be slow and careful.

My hands aren't as calloused as they used to be. But even at the height of my career doing hard physical labor by hand, my hands could get torn up by the most odd and innocent-seeming events. So I'd rather wear gloves than blisters, torn skin, cuts, and all the rest.
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First Aid Kit

Knife/Multi-Tool

Coffee. (Keeps me sane and everyone else alive!!!!)
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Rope.
A good pair of gloves.
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a couple of items come to mind when i saw this posting. so ill name those items followed by why there important to have around? okay first item i would have to mention is either a back up knife or 2. just in case your main knife breaks,gets lost or whatever else may happen to it. also another great item to add to this list is a camp saw,hatchet,or axe which ever you prefer? they could also go hand in hand with a knife just in case it breaks. these could be great back ups. and the last 2 items that i would have to mention is? water purification tablets,and water proof matches...i think they pretty much explain there self very well... that's all that i could think of a.t.m
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Not really survival gear. But I think the most under rated thing for those of us with septic are toilet bowl wax ring and bowl parts.
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Socks. Good quality socks. Got to keep your feet in good health. Almost everyone I know just buys cheap walmart socks. I do also. Good for summertime. and light duty. But I am on my feet 14 hrs a day. I need good socks and footwear.
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I'd have to go with first aid and the skills to treat wounds and minor illnesses.
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A good wool hat.

You lose 30% of your body heat through your head. Keep the head warm, the body will be too.
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Well i mean, your parameters exclude all of my choices for answers. So ill just say cordage.
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Well i mean, your parameters exclude all of my choices for answers. So ill just say cordage.
Wouldn't it be a boring thread if everyone said "fire, water, food" over and over again?
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Wouldn't it be a boring thread if everyone said "fire, water, food" over and over again?
Wouldnt it be a more accurate thread?

It can be hard to accept simplicity.
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The OP asked for something underrated.

Would anyone say that the things he set as givens as underrated? We know their importance: water, food and fire are certainly not underrated.


I see good footwear and foot hygiene is sometimes a second or third thought.
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I'll have to go with good quality, durable clothing / raingear. No much is more miserable that being wet and freezing your *** off while outdoors.
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The OP asked for something underrated.

Would anyone say that the things he set as givens as underrated? We know their importance: water, food and fire are certainly not underrated.


I see good footwear and foot hygiene is sometimes a second or third thought.
Yeah, but particular items for those tasks might be underrated I get the idea though
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Your hands are under rated. Many people abuse them, don't take good care of them, and very few try to make them better.

Read more here: https://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=317162
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I have a few things to me that are underrated by others.
The need for binoculars, compass and the skill to use it an maps.
Good old horse sense, (Common sense)
Denture care
Cameras
Feminine hygiene
Friendships
Using horses, mules, donkeys as pack animals. Dogs and goats can carry packs as well.
Tire patches, instatube for tires, for bicycles, motorcycles etc.
Worm medicine foe your self and animals
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The Brain... How about the ability for Americans to THINK for themselves. Get off the PC and get in on paper (your guides and books). Read them. Memorize them and use them...
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Chorine. It will be worth gold in a prolonged SHTF situation where clean water is not available. A lot of problems in the 3rd world are spread through the water.
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