Three must-have items to survive in the woods

Never leave these behind.

hands over a fire
Always have what you need.Thought Catalog via Unsplash

Surviving an unplanned night in the woods doesn’t always mean death—if it’s not too cold, no one is injured, and you find help right away. But what about when it starts to snow? Or an injury is so severe you can’t walk? Don’t leave your safety to chance. Having these items may well be the difference between an uncomfortable night or two and a rescue that turns into a recovery.

UST Sparkie Fire Starter
Stay warm.Amazon

Even in the pouring rain, this fire starter won’t let you down. It generates three times the heat of ordinary matches and the carbide striker and flint-based bar will last for over 100 strikes. It’s also compact and weighs less than an ounce. Survival experts recommend carrying at least two ways to start fire. Make this one of them.

Surviveware Small First Aid Kit with Labelled Compartments
Have what you need.Amazon

With 100 essential supplies from 6-inch shears and bandages to a CPR pouch with instructions to an emergency blanket, this kit will clean your wounds, save your head and maybe save your life. Don’t worry if your gear falls in a river, the bag is water resistant and inside pockets are waterproof. The inner sleeves are labeled, meaning you can quickly find what you need even in a moment of panic.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness
Dehydration kills.Amazon

Few of us plan to suck water from a murky pond through a small, blue straw. But if your water supply runs dry and your only other option is drinking straight from the pond, you’ll be happy you have this blue straw. It filters up to 1,000 gallons of contaminated water, requires no batteries and has no moving parts. It weighs 2 ounces and is only 9 inches long. We rarely plan to be without water, but all of us should.