5 Must-Have EDC Items for Outdoor Survival [infographic]

If 5 EDC (Everyday Carry) tools could help you survive in outdoor distress, would you carry them with you? We never want to expose ourselves to risks in the wilderness especially now that more and more people like to go outdoors. While exploring can be an exciting adventure, there is the potential for a variety of dangers while we are enjoying this beautiful planet. Depending on which EDC items you choose to carry while exploring, your ability to get yourself out of sticky situations will increase dramatically. Read about how these 5 items: a knife, an EDC flashlight, a fire steel, a compass, and paracord are beneficial to have while navigating unknown terrain. 

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5 Must-Have EDC Items To Carry To Survive In Outdoor

 • Knife 

A survival knife is an indispensable tool for making a fire, helping with first aid, splitting wood or cutting saplings for a shelter, making tools and/or weapons, hunting, and self-defense. 

• Paracord 

It is an essential tool for making a shelter, cooking, boating, hunting, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

• FireSteel 

Used for starting a fire. Simple, but extremely important.

• EDC Flashlight 

Survival Flashlight is a critical tool at night to send a distress signal and illumination needs and so onIt is a critical tool especially at night to illuminate unfamiliar surroundings as well as signaling for help.

• Compass 
Guides your position to avoid getting lost.

How To Use EDC Tool To Survive?

1.How To Build A Shelter

First, find a dry, flat spot to begin building an A-frame shelter Before starting, you will need 2 sticks around 4 or 5 feet long each and one stick that is between 10 to 12 feet long. Prop the two shorter sticks up in the shape of the letter “A”. Prop the longer stick up at the top of the “A”. Tie the three sticks together where they meet. The 3 sticks will be in the shape of an A-frame tent with one end at an angle against the ground. Next, prop up smaller sticks against the longest, main stick. Finally, pile dry debris (leaves, ferns, moss, etc.) over the sticks until you have an insulated shelter open at the high end. A good shelter can protect you from the elements as well as provide warmth and security. 

2.Start Fire

First, collect dry tinder (dead grass, weeds, wood shavings, twigs, etc.). Set up a durable campfire that will withstand the wind. 
Next, hold one end of your fires-teel firmly in one hand while gripping the handle of a knife in your other hand. Strike the fires-teel hard with the blade of the knife. It may take a few tries, but eventually it will produce sparks which will catch the tinder and start a fire.


3. How To Find Food(set a trap)

It’s important to learn how to set a simple trap to capture animals as food in the wildness:  

How to lay a trapFirst, using paracord, position the snare at head height and tie one end to a tree, a stake in the ground, or a heavy log. Next, place some kind of bait near the noose to attract the desired animal to the snare.

Finally, wait patiently and quietly for your trap to do its job. 

4. How To purify water

First, try to find the water immediately. As you read earlier in this article, a human can only live for 3 days without water.Before drinking or using the water to cook, you must be sure it is safe. In order to destroy any harmful bacteria, place the water and a few hot rocks into a container or shallow hole. The heat from the rocks will  boil the water, destroying any disease-causing bacteria. 

5.How To Escape – Compass & EDC Flashlight

It is vital that you are able to find ways to escape dangerous situations. A compass will help to point you in the direction of your desired path. It will also help to avoid further chances of getting lost. Check it out how to use a compass.

And a good flashlight will illuminate your surroundings at night and help you to navigate the way back to your group and/or campsite. Owning a quality flashlight could also be important in extreme survival situations where you may need to be rescued. Having the ability to send the “SOS” signal to rescuers could make a huge difference in how quickly help is able to arrive. One of the most important EDC items to consider carrying is a durable, but compact and lightweight flashlight with emergency features for outdoor survival situations.

How To Avoid Getting Lost

  • Mark your path in some way so you can find your way back.
  • If you are with a group, stay close to them.
  • Learn to use a compass which will help to identify the right direction. 
  • Before planning an outdoor trip, tell someone where you are going. If you end up getting lost or hurt, a rescue team will know where to search for you.