7- Tools

Recommended Equipment


A knife is essential for fire building, shelter construction, and first aid.

Multi-tools or Swiss Army-style knives are the most useful, since they provide a number of functional tools in a reasonably small package.

Always carry at least one knife, with a multi-tool or Swiss Army-style as the preferred first choice.

Multi-Tool :: Leatherman Super Tool
Multi-Tool :: Leatherman Super Tool

Pocket Saw

A military-grade wire or pocket saw supplements knife/multi-tool carry. Small and lightweight, a pocket saw can cut through larger tree branches much faster than a knife, yet takes up very little space.

Wire Saw in Tool Kit
Wire saw coiled up for storage in Tool Kit.

Tool Kit

Things happen on the trail, and it’s best to be prepared. A compact, yet complete Tool Kit contains the various and sundry parts, accessories, and tools that keeps everything flowing.

Consider carrying the following in your Tool Kit:

  • Small diamond sharpening rod (for knife and tool blades).
  • Length of duct tape (can be wrapped around something, such as your match case).
  • Two sewing needles with 10 ft. of heavy-duty thread.
  • 50 ft. (minimum) military-grade 550 cord.
  • Several plastic zip ties.
  • Several wire twist ties
  • Safety pins (two large, two small).
  • Square of aluminum foil.
  • 1-2 ft. coil of stiff, yet flexible wire.
  • Several Zip-lock baggies.
  • Small roll bright pink or orange flagging ribbon (for marking gear, trails, signalling…).
  • At least two small, strong carabiners; for securing gear or?
  • Two large garbage bags.
  • Anything else you can think of for your specific needs…