My minimal emergency survival kit for hiking and backpacking

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This is my minimal / ultralight emergency survival kit that I ALWAYS carry when I go hiking or backpacking:
00:00 Hello
00:43 Firestarter
01:30 Dry tinder material
02:15 Knife
02:50 Compass
03:24 Rope
04:02 Needle and thread
04:37 Whistle
05:27 Mirror
06:04 Small plastic bags
06:49 Emergency blanket
07:48 Flashlight
08:16 Hand warmers
09:04 Hard candy
10:47 Water treatment tablets

Links to some items in the video:

Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Fire Starter with Emergency Whistle

Victorinox Swiss Army Fieldmaster Pocket Knife

Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife


Another great option is Survivor Cord that has several different types of cords weaved into the paracord (firestarter, fishing line etc)

Water purification tablets

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  • I've got your hard candy….

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    Hi Maiu, that's a great list. It shows that many, many items in the pre-packed emergency kits are not really useful. Though I would disagree with one item and actually add four others. Instead of an emergency blanket, use an emergency bivvy. It's made from the same material and works by the same principle. The blanket will not cover your full body and will not shield you from rain/snow and, most importantly, wind. The bivvy weighs just a tiny bit more and costs pennies. – – – I would add four items that maybe you would pack anyway and you don't count as "emergency" items, though they really are! Firstly, an oversized packaway rain coat you can wear over your coat. Not only protects it against rain and thus getting cold and wet, but you can also use it in case of sudden weather changes to combat the wind chill factor. It basically works like a mobile bivvy bag. Secondly, thinsulates (cap & gloves), as most heat is lost over head and unprotected extremities. Thirdly, a foldable thermal seat pad as sitting on the ground will suck the warmth out of your body, particularly if waiting for hours for help to arrive. Lastly, a tiny LED flashlight. If being searched in the dark from ground or air, a flashlight is essential. Oh and take the dog with you! It can keep you warm or run for help. 🙂

  • Great video. No frill no fuss just common sense.

  • The matches in that kit 👍❤saved you on your 2 dog hike

  • Waterproof and stormproof matches are two different things. Waterproof are ordinary matches with a small layer of wax to protect against moisture. Stormproof have a layer of special material to keep it lit even after submerged in water. In the west the latter are also called lifeboat matches sometimes. I always carry a half liter stainless steel bottle on my belt when walking in my emergency kit i have food grade freezer bags and purification tablets. With tropical conditions i also carry an extra 1,75 liter cowboy canteen or 2 liter US or Chech army canteen. This is in addition to my 2 liter waterbladder and one liter Nalgene bottle with nesting cup. Over here we have a lot of stagnant water and even when boiled or filtered the neurotoxin of certain bacteria and algae will remain in it. Stay safe and healthy 👍

  • Do those hand warmers actual heat up blood vessels? I've seen people use candles in some kind metal holder between their legs while seated on their backpack with the emergency blanket around them. I thinks it's called a palmer furnace or something like that.

  • Totally agree with your kit… really good. I use to carry also a bandana, and super glue (for cuts)… and now hard candies :)… Greetings from Spain…

  • Excellent suggestions, I have never heard of tampons being used for fire starter before, but that is an excellent idea. I carry dryer lint in a ziplock bag and also some cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly. Oh-don't forget the duct tape, it's handy for so many things from pack and pole repairs to blisters if your run out of moleskin. Wrap a meter around a trekking pole and your good to go.

  • Nice vid – but try putting the cotton wool in Vaseline best cheap fire tinder

  • its been a while since Ive seen your channel. You are looking FABULOUS! great to see you

  • Easy way to use fire steel is to hold striker in place and draw rod towards you.

  • Who’s Maiu ? And why aren’t we hiking in Estonia? I lost your channel, subscribed so it won’t happen again. Love your channel even named my puppy Luna.

  • Great video love it keep up the hard work inspiring people I’ve subscribed also please check us out much appreciated stay safe Rucksack Adventures

  • Try using the long side of the striker, not the tip. Just a bit of friendly advice

  • Just found this channel. Maiu, thanks for the great content!

  • Very informative. Your English is wonderful. Is your mother still selling knitted wool items.

  • Great no fuss little kit

  • I have used that small pocket knife you showed for at least 3-4 years now. It is worth its weight in gold. I cut small things such as small diameter cordage & other thin materials. I use the scissors more than I can count. The file tip also doubles as a screwdriver. It has a toothpick and tweezers. It is suprising how many times this pocket knife is used as the first tool from my backpacking/bushcrafting kit!

  • Excellent video, really good advice. Some hard candy going in my kit. Only thing I would add is some duct tape is useful. Thanks 😊

  • Thanks for sharing your tips with us. You might find you will get better results using the side edge of your fire-steel striker in a downward scraping motion, instead using of the of the front edge of the striker as you demonstrated.. Great tip with the tampon fire-starters. Thanks for another good video!

  • Oh man..!! I didn't know how flammable tampons are..! Thanks for the tip. I'll be much more careful around the campsite. Knowing now that a few Sparks could catch my naughty bits on fire.

  • You have thrown plastic wrap just like that. This is shame for someone who talks about nature and surviving in it.

  • Hello Maiu, greetings from Northern California. It is so good to see you. Thank you for sharing this very informative video. That is a great little kit that you put together. The very best of good health and safety for you and your family. 🤗

  • Not even the 10 Cs and if you dont now your gear Like you with the firesteel. you can just Have nothing and Come as Far as you Would When you had gear

  • Sewing kits also can be used for stitches to sew up a large cut.

  • Dryer lint works great as well. It is what I carried on my trip

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