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Does anyone know of a good item for survival, hiking, or camping? For a few examples so far, I've got.....
-magnesium firestarter (Own one)
-waterproof matches (Own them)
-a box of strike anywhere matches (Need to find some)
-Coleman 533 dual fuel camping stove (Will buy one soon)
-Buck 110 folding knife (I own one)
-Victorinox Fireman folding knife (I own one)

Just post what you have, have had, or want to buy. You can even include foods, packs, satchel bags, canteens, or whatever else you can think of. Just give your ideas and tips on ANYTHING about survival, hiking, or camping. Post Vids!
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Things I've found useful, in my years of expirience (More than most adults! :P)

- Soda Can "Alcohol Stove", Lightweight - Cheap for Stove itself, Fuel is cheap aswell.
- A good, quality Fixed blade knife - Your most Usefull tool in the wilderness.
- A good, quality Hatchet/Tomahawk/Axe - This is useful for many purposes, but most of all, cutting large timber for a fire.
- A poncho - Can be used to create a shelter, Can be used to block rain.
- A machete - Can be used to cut Light to Medium Timber, Defense Weapon.
- A Slingshot - Can be used to hunt game.
- A Bow (My Personal Favorite) - Quiet, Can be used to hunt game, and self defense. I personally, just like to carry a bow, it makes me feel like a Courier De Bois.
- A rifle (Sorry, you Non Americans! :P) - Can be used for Protection, and catch game.
- A small (Childs) Fishing Rod - Can be used to catch food, I have one in my pack, depending on where I am hiking/Camping.
- A Fer. Rod - Can be used in any weather condition to start fire, very useful.
- Charcloth - A very easy to make tinder, catches a spark -very- easilly.
- 550 Paracord - One of the most useful Cords on the planet. (I don't have any. D: My parents refuse to buy offline, unless I give them money to do it!)
- Wire - Can be used to Make Shelters, and Catch game. If snaring a creature, check the snare often. If a creature is found, dispatch the creature quickly, to be more humane.
- Condom - For water, turnecate (SP) I don't carry one... it seems odd, Lofty Wiseman suggests it though!
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I'd add a couple of bandanas to the list. Handkerchief, neck cloth, head cloth, head band, wash cloth, towel, restrictive band, triangle bandage, pressure bandage, and more that I've thought of before but can't remember.
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DUCT TAPE where's the DUCT TAPE????????
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first aid kit
canteen and metal cup(boiling water)
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folding shovel's are handy
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I like the basic hobo stoves, easy to make and light to carry and no worries about fuel as you can burn anything in them.

Boots. Get the best most comfortable boots and socks you can . It makes it so much easier when you have to walk any where.
can make the difference between surviving and not at the end of the day.
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Yeah, I think bandanas are very useful... I need to make a hobo stove out of a large coffee can for my next project. (I'm currently modifying a bowdrill to work, never started fire by friction before)
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A signal mirror. Small battery operated commercial radio, glow or chemical sticks, led flash light.
Hexamine tablets, good fire starters or could be used by themselves as they are smokeless and almost odourless.
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Are hexamine tabs toxic? Or are they perfectly safe to cook over? Like with an esbit stove?
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I have used them for cooking in a pot, pan or paniken. Would not use it like a char grill BBQ, could be toxic and will taint the taste of the food.
Also keep hex. tablets dry as they have been Known to dissolve in water. Haven't seen it myself but that is the scuttlebut.
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Nice tip. Do hex. tabs light right up with a match or a they a little hard to keep burning? What's better? Hexamine tablets or Esbit tablets?
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A half a dozen ways to start a fire that does not involve a match or a lighter (I have a lens, gunpowder, fire stick, flint, per pot, can make and use a bow and drill... also have dryer lint, cotton with petroleum jelly, char cloth.) Fire is essential to survival. One cannot have enough ways to make a fire in all weather conditions.

Four ways to sterilize water that does not include boiling. Water is essential to survival.

One piece carbon bush knife, drop point, folding stainless for backup

Shelter

Pan

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Hatchet
fishing gear
snaring gear
cup
salt, pepper

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Rifle
Ammo
Extra set of clothes
medical kit
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Hexamine, AND Esbit are toxic, if inhaled, but cooking with a pan over it won't hurt/contaminate the food, just put it in a well ventilated area, with a windscreen.
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The heximine tablet can be a little difficult to light at times, if you break a bit off it is easier to light. Please store carefully as in powder form if crushed it can be explosive under certain conditions.
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I do know that here down south, in the US, pine trees are AWESOME for their dead straw, and pitch. If you fluff up a small heap of pine straw, and put just a few small chunks of pine pitch on the heap, then light it, the pitch will start to melt and the natural oils and flammable properties of the pitch can light a heap of kindling on fire in no time!
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I have spent many years travelling on foot around Australia with my pack donkeys. I do carry a gas stove, but for lightness when I am on my own I just carry some supermarket fire lighters. If you need to, it is quick and easy to cook a cup of two-minute noodles just with a firelighter in a small hole dug in the ground and your metal mug. One fire lighter can boil a mug of water for coffee, soup or the noodles.
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Diamond strike-a-light firestarters work pretty good for getting a good fire going, but my all time favorite, is my homemade firestarter. It consists of 1/2 of a toilet paper roll, with woodchips and candle wax poured in it. When you're ready to light it, peel back the edge of the roll and light it. They last for over 5 minutes. I need to post a video about them when I have the time to do so.
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A magnifying glass to start fires with and a signal mirror (already suggested).
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I've had good luck with magnifying glasses, on sunny days when there are no clouds, but when I'm out in the thick of the brush, I'll have little to no luck even seeing the sun. But yes, they are usable.
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