With survival preparedness, it is not necessary to start off with the best equipment. It is a good idea to start with something which is less costly yet having some decent quality characteristics. You can go for the best equipment once you have learned how to use the equipment properly. If you feel you have a good solid foundation on how you can use the equipment conveniently, move to the next level of the gear and spend more money even if this means that you have to save in order to buy every piece.
You want a knife that will do tasks like processing firewood, cutting cordage and processing firewood. It is wise to look for something made of a high carbon steel to enable you to use the blade’s spine to throw sparks from some other chert rock or a piece of flint. I find that the best bushcraft knives have affordable prices and perform well for the money.
A good axe is very important especially if you are going to need heavy duty shelter building made of natural materials found in the woods. Axes are good for pounding stakes into the ground, processing firewood, and rough wood carving tasks.
You will have to process a lot of firewood if you are planning to be in the woods for more than a day or two especially if you are camping in cold weather. To help you buzz through wood quickly, a folding saw is the best tool for you.
There are a couple of different preferences when talking about cordage. Most of the survivalists and preppers keep paracord anticipating for a SHFT situation. Paracord is very good for different applications. A true 550 cord can be gutted and the inner strands can be used for various applications also.
In your gear pack, you need to have some items to help you light a fire unless you prefer making fire the primitive way like the caveman. It can be almost impossible to start a fire in damp, humid or wet conditions without some form of assistance. Make sure you pack a little “fire helper”.
Apart from a knife, a container is also one of the things you need to have is a survival situation. A container is an invaluable resource that will help you collect and process water. This will greatly increase your chance of survival in a SHFT situation. Therefore, do not forget to carry a container. Otherwise, enjoy the survival experience.