Thailand Jungle Survival Kits
Tropical Jungle (land) Survival Kit – Essentials
Note: in Thailand, most Thais don't go into the jungle without a traditional Thai jungle knife. This is a wonderful tool as it can be used as a knife, hatchet, and perhaps a weapon. Check out this video of a jungle knife. The photo to the right is a Thai jungle knife.
Think about this: Although the battery can go dead, the modern smart phone is a potentially invaluable survival tool. Not only is there good reception throughout most of Thailand, but you can get a GPS/compass app... and maps! Small solar battery chargers make the dead battery issue less of an issue. A spare battery is an additional safeguard. I almost always carry my smart phone around my neck in a waterproof pounch when I go in the jungle.
Tropical Coastal (but not lost at sea) Survival Kit – Add-on Essentials
Optional Coastal Kit Items - space-permitting
Optional Land and Coastal Kit Items - space-permitting
What You Don't Really Need
When should you carry a Survival Kit?
Basically, anytime you venture off into the great outdoors, you should have the fundamental essential: fire-making tools, a knife, a few water purification tablets, and if you're going to be around water, some fishing line, sinkers, hooks and maybe a lure. If you've got room for a compass, take one.
How to Carry a Survival Kit
Waist packs are a great idea. You can put your knife on the belt too. Anything that would be ruined by getting wet should be in a waterproof container. There are several brands of waist packs that are waterproof already. Naturally, fire-making tools (lighters, matches, kindling, etc) should be kept completely dry. The stronger types of lighters that produce a powerful, sharp blue flame are much better than the standard cheap throw-away lighters.
Double-packing fire material is always a good idea. Even in wet conditions, if you've got dry kindling and the knowledge of where to locate somewhat dry tender, you can start a fire.
If you're on the sea or in a river, you can often carry most of your survival kit in your PFD (Personal Flotation Device, i.e. Life Jacket) pockets. The remainder can be in a waist pack.
Knives with hollow handles are popular for carrying survival gear. First of all, that is a limited amount of space. Second, a hollow handle is a weaker handle. You want a survival knife to be very sturdy. It does not have to be heavy or a massive "Rambo" style knife, but it should be a well-built.
If you have the means to cut, pry or split wood, coconuts or whatever without using your knife, do it that way. Save your knife for when you truly need it.
In order to use your survival knife as a hatchet, you can use a club-like piece of wood to hammer the back of the blade. This is much more efficient than hacking at the wood. When splitting bamboo, this method works wonderfully. There is no better way to do it.
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