Top ten lists are good because they give you an insight into other people’s priorities. They make you think about your own priorities. And they’re a good starting point… whether you want begin a conversation or make your own checklist.
Survival top ten lists are no exception.
For example, take a look at this top ten list, here… the top ten things to include in a survival kit.
It’s a good list. And I wouldn’t necessarily want to leave behind any of the items featured on it.
But I would want a handgun and ammunition. I would want a backpack to carry all this stuff in. And I would want water purification tablets, because there isn’t always fuel at the ready to boil water.
For my own list, I’d include:
- A canteen full of water. Stainless steel makes sense because you can heat it if you need to.
- Water purification tablets
- Warm, weather-proof clothes including a good pair of shoes… a pair of well-fitted hiking boots would be my preference.
- A lightweight, emergency blanket
- A good knife
- A firearm and ammunition
- First aid kit
- A fire starter
- A sturdy backpack for carrying it all
- Freeze-dried food
Narrowing your own survival wish list down to your top ten items is a good way to clarify your priorities. I recommend setting a goal to have your top ten items stocked—at least a month’s supply worth in the case of consumables—within the next three months.
Imagine how much better prepared you’ll fell if you make that happen!