Survival Gear Feature Article – How To Survive

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Surviving in the wild depends on human wit and will more than the gear you have in your pack. But all survival experts recommend assembling an emergency kit of equipment to stay with you at all times in the wilderness.

For a new story — “Survival Gear” — I polled three survival experts, including the editor-in-chief of Outdoor Life magazine; the founder of survivalist website Equipped To Survive,; and a graduate of the United States Air Force Survival School.

This story looks at several survival kits, as recommended by three survival experts.

If you’re lost or injured, the right gear can mean the difference between a comfortable night spent outdoors, and a cold one. Items like a whistle or a signal mirror can alter fate to issue rescue instead of abandonment.

In many cases, the right gear in your pack can literally save your life.

But what to bring?

This story will help get you started:

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.