Ted's Woodworking The survival kit for backpacking must include a rugged blanket. It does not have to be bulky, however. It can be fairly thin, but it must be wide and warm enough. In addition to the blanket, you should also include two or three leaf bags made from heavy-duty plastic. These will do an excellent job in protecting you from the rain and from the cold as well. Generally, you should always carry a warm raincoat when you go backpacking even during mid summer. It is best if this clothing item is in a bright color such as orange or yellow so that you can get found more easily.
You must carry both a lighter and a small pack of matches with you for starting a fire. It is best if the lighter is in a bright color so that it is more difficult to lose. You should also carry a small knife which will help you with preparing the wood for the fire and with other things as well. You can also get dental floss for cutting things.
You must do everything to ensure that you will get found by rescue crews. That is why you must include a map. You need to get orange tape for marking your route and for showing your location to rescuers. Your backpacking survival kit should include a brightly colored cap and vest or poncho. Make sure that you will get a small mirror and a whistle for signaling. You must have torchlight with spare batteries and bulb. You can also get fire starters, but they have to be used with great caution.