As a survival precaution, what piece of equipment should be unpacked and checked before and after every trip?
• First aid kit
• Electronic devices
• Fire starting kit
• All of the above
Answer: All of the Above
The first aid kit, fire starting kit, and all electrical devices should be unpacked and checked before and after every trip. Here’s why…
While it may seem like a hassle to pack and unpack survival gear, it’s important to know that every piece of equipment functions properly in case of emergency. A bad situation can quickly turn for the worse in a second.
Checking First Aid Kit
It’s important to check your first aid kit every trip, especially for expired or personal medications. Consider where you’ll be and what you may need for a particular trip. Imagine you’re out hiking and you get bitten by a poisonous snake. You quickly reach for your first aid kit only to find the anti-venom isn’t there. This could have been prevented if there was a pre-check before heading out on your trip.
Checking Electrical Devices
It’s especially important to check electronic devices because, during a survival situation, it may be the fastest way to get help or get rescued. Another thing to remember is that power sources will be limited so be sure they work as well.
If the electrical device requires batteries, be sure to:
• Turn the device on and off and conduct a function to ensure it works properly.
• Check the battery compartment for any corrosion or acid leaks.
• Change all batteries together, do not mix used with new ones.
• Store extra batteries in a dry place and keep away from extremely hot temperatures.
• Remove batteries from the device as an extra measure (not necessary but it’s an extra precaution).
Keep in mind that alkaline batteries are prone to leaking potassium hydroxide which can cause respiratory, eye, and skin irritations.
Checking Fire Starting Kit
Having the ability to build a fire in a survival situation is vital for survival. Not only will it help you stay warm, it can also help signal rescuers, cook food, or provide protection. The main thing to remember is to have multiple fire starting sources, like a lighter or matches, and test them.
As an added survival tip, you can pack fire starters in different compartments of your gear or on your person, just in case you take a tumble and lose your gear.
In the game of preparedness, there’s no such thing as being too prepared. Getting in the practice of checking your equipment before and after is something we recommend everyone do to help keep you alive no matter what may come.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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