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My Personal Survival Kit – New PSK Gear ideas 2017

My Personal Survival Kit – New PSK Gear ideas 2017


(bird calls) – When you’re hiking it’s normal to keep most of your equipment
inside your backpack, such as your tent and your sleeping bags. The only risk with having everything inside your backpack is, if you are separated from your backpack, you could be left out here
in the bush with nothing. That’s why I always like to keep a series of basic equipment on my person at all times when I’m trekking. In this video I wanted to show you what those items are. This is the small bum
bag that I carry with me when I’m hiking in the snow and the bush. If I am trekking in the jungle, I don’t normally carry the bum bag because I’m wearing cargo pants and there’s enough room in
the pockets for all this gear. (zipper zipping) So I’ll just open up and show you the simple items that are in here. Firstly, just a BIC lighter. Only weighs about 10 grams, and I think a cigarette lighter is ultimately the most efficient and easy way, and effective
way to make a campfire. Traditional fire-lighting methods like ferrocerium rods and bow drills normally require two hands to operate. So if you are injured,
it’s gonna be a lot easier, (clicking) to just light the campfire
the 20th century way, or the 21st century way. (chuckles) Lot safer, I think. This is the pocket knife
I carry, or pocket tool. It’s a Swiss army knife, 35
piece tool set, all in one. Very light, very compact, easy to carry. Very comfortable to carry, and that’s the main thing about everyday carry items. You want them to be comfortable enough so you can wear them even (zips zipper) at the end of the day when
you put your pack down. So that covers everything
that was in the front. Let’s open up the main section. In previous videos, you may have seen me wearing a compass around my neck. But I recently decided that’s
a bit of a choke hazard, so from now on, I always
have my Suunto compass just tied either to my belt
and in the cargo pants, or in this case, inside the bum bag. But just attached with that
lanyard so I can’t lose it. I always wear sunglasses, well
I always carry sunglasses. So this is the sunglass cleaning tool. So at all times I always
do have one of these on me. Really nothing to do with survival, but it is an item that I’ll have in the bum bag when I’m hiking
in the bush and the snow. Inside this waterproof container is a very important
tool or survival beacon. That’s the inReach Explorer. If you are looking for an
emergency distress beacon system, I would recommend this. I think they really make
old EPIRBS and SPOTs and satellite phones redundant. The amount of functions
in this little tool, including the SOS button. It’s a really effective
way of calling for help if you were stuck out in the bush. I’ve never had to call
for help in my lifetime, but I do use this to text
people while I’m out here. So it is running off the
Iridium satellite network, an extremely reliable, useful
piece of gear to carry. Garmin have recently just taken over the company inReach, so
there is a newer model. This is the older model, so if you’re interested I’d
recommend looking that one up. So this is the waterproof
or rainproof pouch that I keep the inReach inside. And also keep my cell
phone inside the bum bag, just an iPhone. Also inside the bum bag is a whistle. I think a whistle is a pretty traditional piece of gear to carry. But I think in the 21st
century with satellite phones or satellite communicating
devices being so easy to come by, I think one should question,
“Are whistles actually useful?” And that is because the
whistle is obviously only useful if your rescue
team is within earshot, but you could call for help to someone who’s on the other side of the world with a satellite communicator. So the whistle is still in there, still carrying it after all these years. This is the Lifesystems
whistle, extremely loud. I won’t blow it now, (chuckles) cuz it will cancel out
the audio on the camera. And in this section
right here in the middle, I carry a four metre piece of gear rope. I know a lot people
like to carry Paracord, for the many many uses that it has. But I think, to me,
gear rope lasts longer. It doesn’t fray and fall
apart like Paracord. Just a simple piece of rope. You may have noticed in my
previous PSK Survival Video, I had a Paracord bracelet
tied to the side here. But I think most Paracord
bracelets out there never really get deployed. And you sort of question,
“Are they actually useful?” If it’s something that you wont deploy ‘cuz it’s too difficult to actually weave it back together again. So this is a piece of
rope that we actually use. We do actually use it. It’s not just in there
for survival purposes. We use this as guylines for our tents, and also clotheslines. So it’s a pretty simple
kit, it’s very lightweight. The overall weight, if you
take away the cell phone, is only about 400 grams. That’s the complete kit, including communicator, pocket knife, compass. Another thing I like
about the bum bag system is it does give me the option of hanging other items off the belt. For example here, on the right side, I keep my Merino wool Balaclava. This is mainly in winter
or in extreme cold. If I’m not wearing the balaclava, that’s where I actually
keep it at all times, just tied to the right
side of the bum bag strap. Just with half a square knot, that’s the knot that I
use to hold it in place. And I showed you before the compass. The lanyard on that compass is
only probably 25 centimeters, but that does give me enough length (zipper zipping) to operate the compass. I can easily read the
needle on the compass with only that short distance of lanyard. So that is actually
tied to the waist strap, but then goes inside the zip section. So when I’m car camping, I can also just hang my keys on a carabiner
off the waist strap, so I don’t lose my keys. And finally, another item I can keep on the bum bag waist
strap is my large knife, or machete, in this case, just the sheath. So normally during the day of hiking from point A to point B, I wouldn’t have the machete hanging off my waist like this, cuz
it’s quite uncomfortable. It’ll be inside the backpack. But when I do reach the campsite, and I wanna start chopping up some wood, I can hang the blade off
of the bum bag like this. This makes it a lot easier to reach for it when I’m cutting up wood. Thanks for watching Bush Channel. Make sure you subscribe. (bird calls)

11 thoughts on “My Personal Survival Kit – New PSK Gear ideas 2017”

  1. cool " contingency kit" The items are very useful for many situations/events
    Although i dont quite use this system , i use one very similar on my belt as a on my person kit/system/setup that i use.
    TFS C.R.

  2. Hi

    Aren't you afraid to loose the bum bag as well as your backpack ?

    Those fastex aren't that reliable IMHO.

    Regards.

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