What’s the best bushcraft gear? Of all the products out there for wilderness survival, learn what you REALLY need to survive in the great outdoors.
Whether you’re only just beginning to venture out into the outdoors or you’re a avid, outdoorsman already, surviving in the wild is no easy task, unless you’re properly equipped.
Things are going to slow you down and get in your way. It may rain for days, be hot as heck or cold to the bone. You may have trouble getting to food and making safe shelter.
It may be man versus the wild, but what makes us men are the tools, and a good pick of them would go a long way in making your stints in the open bush comfortable, enjoyable and rewarding.
Bushcraft is the name that given to activities of this kind, its definition being, directly enough, ‘pertaining to life in the bush’.
Here in this article we have outlined the specifics of few essentials for any person, whether an amateur or experienced outdoorsman, striving to conquer the wild world, or at least, survive in it.
Best Bushcraft Gear
1. Knife – It’s the first thing that pops into the head of any layman considering bushcraft. It’s a necessary and incredibly versatile tool that should be in every man’s armory. A good knife would be sharp-edged, compact and maneuverable. A bushcraft knife differs from pocket knives, which are foldable and lightweight (both points of weakness), and survival knives, which can have a long and thin blade with a small tang. What would serve you best is a three to six inch blade, with a slightly curved edge, a full tang, a flat grind, and a pointed tip.
2. Flint and Striker – Cooked meat is what took us that extra step away from our beast ancestors. Fire is a useful thing to wield at most times, providing you with warmth, more satisfying food and sometimes, a weapon.
3. Compass – Know your enemy, they say, and in this case, the enemy is the enormity of all that empty space. There are ways to figure out direction from more everyday things, like using a needle and the magic of static electricity, but who has the time for all that when you’ve got the world to conquer?
4. Water Filter – Water is truly the stuff of life, and dehydration is almost comically prevalent. The modern water filter is something that many bushcrafters would scoff at, the rest of whom would express some disdain. Just get your water out of a vine or make a filter from sand and rocks, they might say, but honestly your health is worth far more than $20, so get one.
5. Hatchet – It’s been universally hailed as the ultimate survival tool. It’s one tool that really helps you shape the natural world; you can cut your own arrows, hunt, and tear down branches for fires or anything else.
6. Whetstone – Because, after all, you’re only as sharp as your knife (or axe for that matter). A whetstone is the best way in the bush to make sure your knife stays sharp and ready to use.
7. Fishing hooks and fishing line – These are inexpensive and are very handy when in a survival situation. You can tie to a branch and use as a fishing pole or you can just use the string and hook by hand. Dig up some worms or trap some insects for bait. Sit. Wait. And BOOM, you got dinner if you listened to me and brought flint for fire starting.
8. Simple first aid kit – This is a great thing to have in the bush because of briers and limbs, and sharp knives and axes. Also you may cut your finger while cutting into that fish I mentioned above.
9. Multi purpose tool – Its always good to have some extra tools around but you don’t want two of everything to carry around, so that is where a good multi-purpose tool comes in. They are usually compact and has a bunch of uses in one.
10. Aluminum or lightweight stainless pot – We’ve covered fire and water filters, but a good pot you can place over your fire is a very good thing to have since I’m sure you’ll want to eat more than just berries and boil water for cooking.
11. Paracord, Paracord, Paracord – You can never have enough paracord! Paracord has plenty of benefits such as building shelter, dragging large stones, climbing, building traps and snares and the list goes on….and on…and on! Just learn how to identify real paracord and don’t waste your money on cheap China knockoff rope that’s not rated for any sort of weight.
12. Pencil Sharpener – This may come as a surprise as most preppers don’t think of this. You can sharpen small sticks for traps, and shavings make great fire starter and it’s so lightweight and small you won’t even know it’s in your bag! Win-Win!
Last but not least, don’t forget to take your indomitable spirit with you! Things are harsh out in the bush. Life isn’t easy there but things will always look better if you have a good outlook and are a warrior at heart.