• Malwina Najbar

Beginners Guide to Building an Emergency Bag

Fishing and hunting isn't all fun and games and injuries are more than likely to occur. That is why it is in best practices to have an emergency bag prepared for every excursion you go on. You can always buy an easy-made wilderness first aid kit from Wal-Mart or BassPro Shop, but those can be filled with items you would never use. If you want to design your own emergency bag, here is a quick guide on a couple of things you should include.

1. First aid kit: there are basic first aid kits or ones that are a little more elite (and expensive). Pictured above is the Tactical Medial Solutions, Inc Hunter Trauma Kit - Operator on Amazon ranging from $79.99 - $97.99. The kit includes everything you need and more like lip balm, and a tourniquet.

2. Life Staw: LifeStraw can filter up to 1,000 gallons of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine or batteries. It's small size is convenient for storage. You can purchase one for $17.38 on Amazon.

3. Water proof fire starter: cottonballs rubbed with Vaseline, fatwood, etc. Or go fancy with with a device like this 9-in-1 Waterproof Magnesium Flint Fire Starter by Lifeline Survival on Amazon for $25.99.

4. Extra Ammo and Batteries: for whatever gun you're bringing and whatever batteries are required for your flashlights.

5. Change of clothes: just in case you get wet and need to change.

6. Parachute cord: One that's at least 40 feet. For stinging fresh kill, for anchoring, tying your tarp up for shelter, hold knots, and so much more. This Atwood Rope is priced at $9.99 on Amazon.

7. Tools: Your favorite knife and an e-tool for tougher jobs and to dig holes for bathroom purposes.

8. Lighter wrapped in several layers of Duct Tape: Wrapping the lighter in duct tape can save space instead of bringing the entire roll of duct tape. Duct tape can come in handy in many ways when hunting. For example, creating shelter, medical tape, even starting a fire.

9. Dehydrated food: MRE's may not be the most delicious option but if you are hungry, you'll eat whatever.

10. Your common sense: It is important to always be safe and be aware of your surroundings. The best way to stay out of emergency situations is to try to avoid putting yourself in unnecessary situations. Check weather reports, bring a friend, and be familiar with your terrain.

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