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it is time for most of us to get out to the woods

the weather has been getting warmer so has our blood to get out and test our new knifes we got over the winter. some of us will be camping and some will be hiking and some fishing as for me i try to get out and do all of above. so i think we all could use some advice on what we should have on us to stay safe while we are in the outdoors.i know many things i will forget and well this is why we have this community ikc. many people here can help and that makes this site great. one main thing you should not forget is water. it is the main source of survival. always make sure you have a source of fire, very important also take some repellant you will be glad you did. of course, more than one pocket knife because any thing can happen, like you could lose one or break one. as far as what kind to take that's up to you. also try to carry a first aid kit you will be glad you did.

this blog is for mostly trying to keep our fellow members safe and that's the main thing here. i know i forgot a few things so you are more than welcome to let us know how to stay safe....

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Comment by stephen tungate on July 24, 2011 at 13:03
also i think it is a good ideal to carry a cell phone just in case you have a emergency.and all ways let someone know where you are going and when you should be back.there is many things you can run into in the woods.and i seen were it would be good to take some paracord you can do alot with it and it does not take much room you can carry it in your sheath.and a good flash light you do'nt know if your going to get stuck out after dark...maybe just a hat light would work..
Comment by Jan Carter on July 14, 2011 at 18:15
Now that sounds like a nice walk Robert.  The dogs sure do make the walk a little more fun don't they.  They find the most interesting things to stop and look at

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Comment by Robert Burris on July 14, 2011 at 16:20
I like to bring a hav-a-sak, possibles bag or whatever you might call a shoulder bag. In it I bring water, insect repellent, compass, small first aid kit, snack, small whistle, fire starter, sting Ezz and toilet paper. Sometimes I carry a small raincoat. If I am just going for a long walk I bring a small folder and my large 15"  knife with shoulder strap sheath. I am always looking for a small tree that might make a good staff. I always bring one or two of my dogs they make every walk better.
Comment by stephen tungate on July 14, 2011 at 12:04
is there any thing else that you all can think of that will help our members stay safe when they head out for the wood's?or might bring with them to camp..
Comment by Jan Carter on July 11, 2011 at 18:22

Kent,

I agree anytime I can carry on me and not have to lug around works best. 

Robert,

I will have to get some sting ezz, everything likes to bite on me

Comment by stephen tungate on July 11, 2011 at 18:10
really good advise guys. wow i did not know i missed so much good stuff. it is really great to know we have so many good people on here that can give such good advise. thanks guys for jumping in so we can help our members stay safe

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Comment by Robert Burris on July 11, 2011 at 17:24
There's a product I have been buying for insect bites that works good it's called "Sting Ezz". You can find it in most sporting good stores.
Comment by KENT GABLE on July 11, 2011 at 16:43

Being a Floridian, I always have a survival kit packed with basic essentials including freeze dried foods, water,tin can, space blankets,50' paracord,headlamp,saw,water purification tablets, medical necessities, etc.

However when I'm in the field I like to carry on my person, matches,compass,whistle,small space blanket, high quality flint & scrapper, cotton balls with vaseline in a film case, 10' parachord, fishing line,hooks, sinker,2 bandaids & small bottle of Ben's 100% deet for skeeters & bandana or hanky. I wear a cap or hat with a visor or brim & always wear my polarised shades. If it's not too warm, a long sleeve shirt is always preferable for protection. 

Sound like a lot? It's not. Fits neatly in my pockets. I also wear my leatherman tool & needless to say, I always carry a reliable knife. I like having this stuff on me being that it's tedious to lug around my main survival kit which has everything & more I need to survive a few days of being at the mercy of Mother Nature.

I recommend you put together & carry basic survival impliments that YOU have carefully selected. Don't waste a lot of money on a premade "survival kit" as most of them are inadequate & cost big bucks.

Hopefully, you'll never need this stuff, but if you do, your gonna need it it real bad.

Comment by Jan Carter on July 10, 2011 at 18:09
In the first aid kit dont forget to have an antihistimine(like a benedryl tab).  Never know when someone is going to get bit or stung by something

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