I’ve been a long time follower of Dave Canterbury and his survival school in Southeastern Ohio. His system and methodology for determining what survival gear you need comes from his military background. In the military, most of our instruction was broken down into simple and easy to understand formats such as the many acronyms we threw around. Dave came up with two concepts when putting together a survival kit, the 5 C’s and 10 C’s. For a basic day hike, mountain bike ride or scout for a hunting spot, he recommends a minimum of the 5 C’s, or in laymen’s terms, 5 survival kit essentials.
- Cutting tool – This is a knife of some type whether folding or fixed blade, although a fixed blade is preferred.
- Combustion – Fire starting methods. This can include matches, lighter, ferro rods or flint & steel.
- Cover – Shelter in the form of a military poncho, survival blanket or tarp.
- Container – Water bottle, preferably stainless steel so that you can boil your water to make it safe to drink.
- Cordage – 550 paracord, bank line, mule tape or any other type of rope or cordage.
In the following video, Dave discusses his loadout for a recent week-long wilderness survival training course he ran for a military unit. In that course, he covered primitive fire starting methods, shelter construction, procuring water and many other survival skills. If you’re in the market to build a survival kit, take notes on what Dave recommends and uses. Much of it can be found on his website.
*Photo courtesy of David Canterbury Youtube channel