5 Items You Should Have in Your Survival Gear By: Michael Ruiz One thing a person should be prepared for is the future. There is no one that can be sure of what kinds of situations they will have to someday face. This is why having a decent cache of survival gear is always a good idea. Thankfully, a good amount of quality field and survival gear can be purchased from many different military equipment stores. Below is a list of a few items most people should consider adding to their collection of survival gear. 1. A Solar Charger If you someday get lost, being able to use your cell phone may make the difference between being found or not. Unfortunately, most cell phone and mobile device batteries run out very quickly. If there is no electricity available, you will need to have a solar charger to recharge the phone. It may take 11 hours of sunlight to recharge a phone using such a device, but it will certainly be well worth it if it helps you be found. 2. A Firestarter Starting a fire on your own may seem simple enough after watching enough movies and cartoons. However, in real life, it can be almost impossible. This is why bringing a firestarter with you into the wilderness is extremely important. Whether it is fire paste or a piece of flint with a striker, a quality firestarter should be part of anyone's field and survival gear. Simple matches will often not suffice. 3. Military Grade Footwear In harsh environments, tennis shoes will not last long. Even more sturdy cowboy boots can wear out rather quickly under the right conditions. This is why a sturdy pair of military grade footwear is an important part of any survival cache. Army boots are designed to not wear out and can help a person traverse through extremely harsh geography and weather conditions. You can purchase a pair for a reasonable price at nearly any store that carries military uniforms and clothing. 4. A Water Purification System If you become lost or lose access to city water sources, you may at some point be forced to rely on other sources of water such as creeks or the rain. Unfortunately, many sources of water such as these are filled with harmful bacteria or contaminants that must be removed. The only way to do so is by using a water filtration system. Thankfully, many such portable systems can be purchased from stores that sell survival gear. Options include items such as water purification powder and bucket filtration systems. 5. A Pair of Binoculars If a person becomes lost or has to travel through unfamiliar territory, having a pair of binoculars is extremely important. It can help a person see what lies far ahead. It can also help a person avoid any dangers that may be too far away to see with the unaided eye. Having a pair of night vision goggles can also be very useful. Seeing your surroundings at night in most places is nearly impossible without them.