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10 Essential Bushcraft Gears for Survival



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It’s not surprising how many are looking into heading to the great outdoors and have become curious about bushcrafting. If you share that same curiosity, this is a great place for you to get started

Check out this list of 10 essential bushcraft gears for survival to help you get started on your bushcrafting adventures.

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10 Bushcraft Gears You Need for Survival

1. A Durable Backpack

Beginners usually skimp on excellent quality bushcraft backpacks, thinking that it’s a waste of money. But trust us: this is the last thing you’d wish to worry about in the wilderness.

You wouldn’t want to be constantly thinking about whether the survival kit you brought along with you has been damaged, especially when it rains. Besides, your back will thank you for it.

2. Water Purifier

Filters or purifiers usually come in different shapes and sizes. It can come in the form of iodine drops, ultraviolet light, to name a few.

Depending on the duration of your stay in the great outdoors, make sure that this is part of your bushcraft gears to help you get constant access to clean and potable water.

3. Fire Starters

Carrying ferro rods, torches, or lighters with you is a no-brainer for outdoor activities. To ensure that you will not encounter any difficulty when starting a fire, bring more than just one option.

Pro tip: Do not rely on matches. They degrade easily and become useless once wet.

4. Folding Saw

A multi-purpose saw can help you trim branches or cut through wood which you can use to make firewood or shelter. It would be best to invest in a good quality ergonomic saw to avoid the hassles cheaper ones give bushcrafters.

5. Cooking Kit/Equipment

There are tons of options you can choose from when it comes to the cooking equipment you will bring with you. Some bushcrafters bring along with them a more elaborate cooking set, while others choose simpler ones like a single grill. It’s all a matter of preference.

A point of consideration could be the people you will bring along with you. If you intend to do bushcrafting with a large group or your family with children, then you may have to take a set that would not be too complicated to set up.

Related: A Complete Guide To Campfire Cooking

6. Bushcraft Knife

Bushcrafters are not only passionate about what they do, but are also invested in the knives that they use. Immerse yourself in the ‘primitive experience’ by learning how to carve your own tools out of wood like a bow drill or a feather stick.

Trust us, using a machete or other bushcraft knives to do so is an experience unlike any other.

7. Tarp

Be sure to take along with you tools that can help you set up your shelter during your bushcraft. A nylon tarp can be a great option for this, given its durability and how easy it is to use.

It is also incredibly lightweight and can provide you reliable shelter depending on your resourcefulness.

8. Survival Blanket

Don’t make your bushcraft more difficult than it already is. You can double-up on your shelter or add to your layer of clothing for warmth when you bring along with you a survival blanket on your outdoor adventure.

Taking blankets with you may seem unimportant, but it can be a crucial addition to your gear, especially in cold weather.

9. Bank line or Paracord

You can make use of a bank line or a paracord to put up your shelter, hang clothes, make traps during your hunts, and more. This is a very useful tool. The creativity of the bushcrafter is the only limit for this specific gear’s use.

10. First Aid Kit

This one is pretty straightforward but tends to be the one most overlooked by outdoor enthusiasts. In your bushcraft, make sure that you carry along with you a first aid kit, preferably in a waterproof container.

Although we wouldn’t wish for you to make use of your first aid kit, emergencies happen and success in the wilderness is all about preparation and readiness to face whatever is thrown at us.

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Expect that the more you engage in bushcrafting activities, the more you will get to know your preferences and what works best for you. Eventually, you may even feel the need to expand this list to add other gears.

At the end of the day, what matters is how these gears will work with you and help you make the most out of your bushcraft.

Are there other bushcraft essentials you think we should add here? Drop them in the comments section below!

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