Useful Equipment for Survival Situations
The belt kit is personally made up to meet the requirements and needs for an individual travelling to any remote location in the world. By always wearing your belt this will add confidence to the person when operating in any environment. Thus being able push personal boundaries when exploring in extreme environments, be they jungle, desert or arctic.
The rule of thumb is to take your belt kit with you everywhere you go, day or night. Our instructors speak of real life survival situations in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Borneo and Belize - finding yourself detached from a group or misplacing yourself, it is a great relief to know that you have enough kit and knowledge to deal with any situation.
Weighing in at 5kg, the belt kit really is worth its weight in gold.
Left pouch - Everyday use.
This pouch is for everyday to day use. By keeping everyday objects in one pouch it saves the aggravation of searching through all of your belt kit. When not being used it is vital to keep it secured in a small canoe bag.
- First Aid book, along with reminders on knots, river crossings and marking helicopter landing zones
- Waterproof note pad and pencil
- Contact numbers (laminated) for emergency medical support
- Medical report form (laminated)
- Zippo lighter
- G.P.S (fresh batteries) inside a waterproof covering with Karabiner
- Silva compass on string and Karabiner
- Head torch
- Spare batteries for head torch
- Iodine- purifies water and clean cuts
- Digital camera and 2x 2 GB memory cards
- Lip salve
- Mosquito head net
- Mosquito repellent (50 percent deet)
- Small waterproof canoe bag for contents
Right pouch- Emergency use only
This pouch is only ever opened in real need. However, there are also practical everyday objects in there such as a small medical kit which you might need when you are not near your rucksack. The key to it is not to deplete the equipment you are carrying. Once again this should be secured in a small canoe bag
- Mosquito head net
- Iodine and water purification tablets
- Compeed blister kit
- Strobe light- used for helicopters and lost procedure
- Lip salve
- Small medical bag, pain killers, plasters, anti malaria tablets, anti histamine.Dirohore tablets
- Military mosquito repellent, also used as sun block cream
- Fishing kit - line - several barbed hooks with swivels and lead
- Wind/waterproof matches
- 30 metres of parachute cord
- Hexi graph and whistle - used to attract attention
- Metal mug
- Hot drinks - tea coffee, soups and chewing gum
- Boil in the bag military meal (Lancashire hot pot)
- Boiled sweets
- Flammable tree sap from Borneo to help light fires
- Mill bay bank bag to filter muddy water
- Canoe bag to keep everything dry
- Spare torch led
- Spare batteries for torch or GPS
Day Sack/Camelbak contents
Simple everyday objects that you don’t need on you all the time can be carried in a small day sack/ Camelbak.
Carrying water is by camel back is preferable, although you may find it better carrying two 1-litre water bottles on your belt kit. One bottle to drink while the other other to purifying.
- After bite
- Pacing beads
- Torch, handy to have round neck at night
- Sun block, factor 30
- Sun glasses and case
- Jungle hat
- Camel back 2.5 litre
- Spare camel back nozzles x2
- Loop line 9mm rope with two Karabiner.
The type of machete really depends on the jungle you are going to. Firstly think of what your task is and then secondly consider if you will be in a primary or secondary rainforest.
Long machetes are good for secondary jungle where bush scrub can grow high. A short machete is better for primary jungle as there is less ground vegetation.
- Machete and sheath
- Lock knife attached to string and Karabiner