I love to read about or see what folks have packed in their survival kits. Sometimes I’ll see something I’ve not thought of before and incorporate it into my own kits. Other times, I shake my head and wonder just how far they think they’ll get toting all that gear.
Minimalism is basically just having the absolute bare essentials and making do. It relies much more on skills than it does on stuff. That’s something I’ve been preaching here since this blog started — no matter what happens, you’ll always have knowledge and skills. No one can take those from you.
Next time you head out into the field to practice your survival skills, try a minimalistic approach. Instead of taking along a 50lb rucksack with everything but the kitchen sink in it, use a fanny pack. Pare down your kit to the point that it’ll fit into that small space and see how you fare.
What would you consider to be your absolute bare essentials?
–Fire starting kit
–Container for water
–Small amount of high-calorie food
And even some or all of those items could be done without, right?
Gear makes life easy, no argument there. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. But, if you don’t have it, do you have the skills to improvise and make do?