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7 Essential Pieces of Wilderness Survival Gear to Carry on Every Trip

Time and again, we see news stories involving people who became lost in the woods during a routine hike or camping trip without having any essential wilderness survival gear on their person. It happens all the time and, unfortunately, sometimes these stories have a very tragic ending. That’s very easy to do if you’re not intimately familiar with the area. In most stories, if the person had taken just a few small items of wilderness survival gear with them, the tragedy could have been merely an interesting anecdote at family gatherings for years to come instead. These 7 basic pieces of gear, that easily fit in pockets or a small pack, make all the difference between tragedy & survival.