Hiking Survival Tips & Techniques : How to Make a Hiking Survival Kit

Learn how to pack a hiking survival kit in thisfree wilderness survival video. Expert: Karl Jensen Bio: Karl Jensen has been hiking for seven years in the New England area. Karl is currently interning in the adventure program at Smith College to gain more knowledge about hiking. Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso

25 Comments on "Hiking Survival Tips & Techniques : How to Make a Hiking Survival Kit"

  1. I prefer using a firesteel, you can pick them up for about £5 and they still work if they get wet

  2. Use cotton balls as tinder. They are light and compressible.

  3. I commend this young man for putting a video like this together. I would add a knife, a signal mirror and a garbage bag you can use to stay dry.

  4. The WetFire tender might be better that putting sticks in your kit.

  5. you forgot to pack ur tampons.

  6. it wont….

  7. demarchisoft | November 18, 2009 at 5:06 am |

    you start flying with winds at 200mph… anyway why not put the lighter in the waterproof case man?

  8. lightswitchdrummer | November 18, 2009 at 6:00 am |

    and a lightwer would not work with winds up too 200 mph

  9. lightswitchdrummer | November 18, 2009 at 6:58 am |

    if 2012 were to happen a compass would not work cause the plates would shift

  10. CrazyCaper23 | November 18, 2009 at 7:12 am |

    Yeah i own one of those dinky little wire saws and a wire chainsaw and i would never rely on them in a survival situation.. you need that can cut for a while and not to mention if you are injured and cannot use one arm,, a wire saw isnt gonna get you very far..and as for the map,, thats just common sense you cannot argue..if your going into the woods.. Take A Map!

  11. if you know the general direction you came from you can use a compass. and as well if you want to go straight in a specific direction you can follow it so if you made camp went to bed got back up the next morning youd know which way you went. and a folding saw no get a wire saw.

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  13. you dont need a compace you can find your direction with your watch you shound het some cord instead of dry tinder and flint striker instead of light or matches and you should have a knife

  14. i agree with you

  15. CrazyCaper23 | November 18, 2009 at 9:19 am |

    A marine whistle? ditch it for a flat fox 40.
    String? ditch it for some paracord
    Compass? I see no map?
    Knife? …Where is your knife??
    Matches And lighter? Get a flint striker….
    Folding Saw is a must

    in all honesty.. hiking for 7 years? and this is the best you could come up with? your going to give people a false sense of hope with this type of advice

  16. inthabuilding | November 18, 2009 at 9:42 am |

    Of course. but i think that people shouldn’t rely on their survival kit too much either. because you can lose it and if that happens your screwed.

  17. ComradeGeneralK | November 18, 2009 at 9:54 am |

    No harm, but you shouldn’t rely on just that skill that may not work. Carrying a whistle on your keychain or survival kit is easy, and frankely hard to loose. It’s pay off is potentially life saving.

  18. inthabuilding | November 18, 2009 at 10:08 am |

    in an emergency survival situation you might not have a whistle with you. so it is good to know how to build a whistle out of natural things. where’s the harm in that?

  19. u shuld have snare wire or some wire to make traps for food and aways have a knive

  20. ComradeGeneralK | November 18, 2009 at 11:05 am |

    Build a effective whistle that can be heard for over a mile in three seconds? I don’t think so. In a emergency, it’s better to have a small kit and basic survival knowledge than some hard to master obscure skills. What you speak of is good for bushcraft, not good for practical survival. I honestly think your claims are ridiculous and potentially dangerious.

  21. lesterclaypool1 | November 18, 2009 at 11:48 am |

    sorry dude this kit is a joke ,,, i gave advise on a kit ,,, for survival and rescue,,, give this kit some rethought ,, start with a shiny metal box it alone can refleck a life saving sign as well as hold every thing you need , a pill bottle with either hand sanitizer or vasiline , are great fire starters , wax dip your matches to keep them dry etc etc ,,, you should really give this some though ,,, the advice you give could kill some body

  22. inthabuilding | November 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm |

    who needs that stuff? you can build a whistle out of natural things in like 3 seconds, to navigate you use the sun, fire is a little bit more difficult but you can master it if you practice, a knife like thing can be made out of stones…that’s survival, not this

  23. youseemreallybored | November 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm |

    “this is how you blow this whistle”.


  24. themgoodpancakes | November 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm |

    I was hiking in Wisons Pron (Australia) and string was the only thing that kept our food safe.
    the possums were so rampat the only thing stopping them from eating our food was to tie a string between two trees and hang our food inside a plastic bag on it.
    but i DO admit its more of a “Get rescued soon” kit

  25. it seems like its more a “get rescued soon” kit instead of a survival kit

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