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Jungle Survival Kit: What Should You Keep in Your Survival Backpack?

People often ask what they need to keep in their survival kit bags or backpacks – for anyone undertaking a potentially risky adventure, it’s good to have some trusty supplies to fall back on.

As a company that specialises in the art of jungle survival, we’ve tailored our list to reflect that.

1) Water

Finding a reliable source of drinking water is one of the toughest asks in just about any survival situation, and it’s no different in the jungle. Understanding what’s safe, what’s not, and what needs filtering requires no insignificant amount of skill, so carrying water around with you removes a sizeable hurdle in the overall process. We would also advise packing a light, dependable water filter; do your research before you set out and you’ll be able to turn bacteria-ridden river water into an essential lifeline. That ‘rainwater’ you’ve found may appear perfectly safe, but it’s always best to be sure.

Ensure that any bottle you pack is made from a suitable material, too. Stainless steel is a safe bet, while you’d also do well to choose something that’s properly insulated. Plenty of viable options exist, so we’d recommend reading up on a few different types before choosing.

2) Survival Knife

An image of a survival knife in the jungle

Cutting things is pretty important when it comes to surviving in the jungle. Whether you’re creating a path through the undergrowth, preparing food, or fashioning an essential item out of your surroundings, a sharp knife will make your life a lot easier.

The undergrowth of the jungle could be hiding all manner of dangers, so testing things out with your hands probably isn’t the way to go. A survival knife provides a solution here, too; any prodding, poking, or moving can be done with the knife to avoid any unnecessary contact on your part.

3) Compass

With maps being a real luxury in relatively uncharted territory, you’ll likely need to rely on your ability to properly interpret a compass. A dependable compass is a must have for anyone in a survival situation, as it relies on a pretty indisputable source: the earth’s magnetic core.

Obviously, even a compass’ success relies on you knowing what lies to the north, south, east, and west of you. Wherever possible, it’s best to ensure you have an understanding of your relative location before setting out – that way, you’ll always have your trusty compass compass to fall back on. If that’s not possible, and you’re thrust into a survival situation without time to prepare, take note of where significant landmarks (rivers, clearings, etc.) lie in relation to one another. Doing so will allow you to form some frame of reference, provided you use your compass to work out the direction you’re moving in.

4) Fire starter

Fire, much like water, is an element we’ve come to rely on since the earliest days of human existence. Being able to start a fire will let you cook, stay warm, and prevent any unwelcome guests from coming too close. Waterproof matches are a great start, but you should also have a back-up plan in place; plenty of other fire starters exist, so do your research and find one that’s suitable.

Learn with Bushmasters

It’s all very well preparing for survival by packing the right equipment, but you won’t always have the luxury of being able to plan. What happens when you’re thrust into a life-or-death situation with nothing but your surroundings to work with?

If you’re keen to find that out, and to test yourself in a real-life survival situation, get in touch with Bushmasters. We run several survival trips throughout the year in the jungles of Guyana. We’ll teach you how to fend for yourself in a crash course, before dropping you off in the middle of nowhere and letting you fend for yourself.

Think you can hack it? Head over to our contact page and message us now!