Thailand Jungle Survival
Jungle (land) Survival Kit – Essentials
- Water purification filter straw
- Knife (sturdy fixed-blade knife with a 4” to 6” blade)
- Butane or similar lighter (in a waterproof container even if it's
just a zip-top plastic bag)
- Fire striker (magnesium fire stick)
- Waterproof matches (in waterproof container)
- Kindling and some tinder (Vaseline coated cotton balls, pre-charred cotton material,
- A smaller knife for more delicate work (folding multi-tool, but
be selective. Most tools are useless for survival situation)
- A small fine-grade knife sharpener. I dull knife
is dangerous. There are plenty of small sharpeners.
- Snare wire
- Parachute cord (small-diameter nylon rope)
- Signaling mirror
- Fish hooks and line
- Small LED flashlight
- small alcohol wipe packets (both first aid and fire starting)
- Tetracycline tablets for diarrhea or infection
- Imodium (diarrhea is extremely bad in the tropics as staying
hydrated is your #1 priority)
- Antibiotic ointment packets or small tube (Neosporin or
- Surgical blade
- Butterfly sutures
- Insect repellent packets (small rubs are better than lotion and
can often be reused)
- Solar blanket
- Needles and thread
- An epipen if you’re allergic to insect stings
- Life-sustaining personal medication
- some money in the local currency
in Thailand, most Thais don't go into the jungle without a traditional
Thai jungle knife. This is a wonderful tool as it can be used as a
knife, hatchet and perhaps a weapon. Check out this YouTube
video. (Photo to the right is a Thai jungle knife)
Think about this: Although the battery can go dead, the modern smart phone is a potentially invaluable survival tool. Not only is there good reception throughout most of Thailand, but you can get a GPS/compass app... and maps! Small solar battery chargers make the dead battery issue less of an issue. A spare battery is an additional safeguard. I almost always carry my smart phone around my neck in a waterproof pounch when I go in the jungle.
Coastal (but not lost at sea) Survival Kit – Add-on Essentials
- Water purification
straw or pump
- Additional fishing gear
- Heavier fishing line (Braided line is very strong, but visible.
Bring monofilament leader material as well)
- Lead or other metal weights
- Lures (jig and spoon-type lures pack well)
- Large bandana or piece of cloth for sun protection
- Collapsible sun glasses
- Lip balm with high SPF rating
Skin liquid bandage
- Some might consider solar still material. I find they don't produce
sufficient amounts of water for tropical survival. Plus, water is
usually not overly difficult to find.
Coastal Kit Items – space-permitting
Emergency Desalination Water Pump
- Strobe light
- Signaling flares
Optional Land and Coastal Kit Items – space-permitting
- Small water-purification
- Non-lubricated condoms (water storage)
- Candle (‘trick’ birthday candles, the ones that are difficult to blow out, work really well)
- GPS with mapping
- A mobile phone + extra battery. Though larger and certainly more
expensive, satellite phones have better coverage
- Tube tent or light hammock
- Lightweight poncho
- Aluminum foil
- Food bars / energy bars
- Sun protection
- Cooking kit
- Additional first aid material
- Frog/fishing spear head
- Surgical tubing and slingshot pouch
- Assorted cable ties (many uses from repairing broken gear to makeshift
What You Don’t Really Need
- Multi-tools with everything imaginable, most of which can’t
- Hatchet or axe
- A tent (in the jungle, flat, clear ground is not common)
- Firearms (slingshot rubber bands and leather pouches make more sense)
- Knife-sharpening stone (nature provides plenty of natural stones
that work just fine)
- A shovel
- Toilet paper
- A notebook and a pencil
- Magnifying glass for starting fires as there are better methods
- An attitude of superiority over Nature… you’ll lose.
should you carry a Survival Kit?
you venture off into the great outdoors, you should have the fundamental
essential: fire-making tools, a knife, a few water purification tablets,
and if you’re going to be around water, some fishing line, sinkers,
hooks and maybe a lure. If you’ve got room for a compass, take
to Carry a Survival Kit
Waist packs are
a great idea. You can put your knife on the belt too. Anything that
would be ruined by getting wet should be in a waterproof container.
There are several brands of waist packs that are waterproof already.
Naturally, fire-making tools (lighters, matches, kindling, etc) should
be kept completely dry. The stronger types of lighters that produce
a powerful, sharp blue flame are much better than the standard cheap
fire material is always a good idea. Even in wet conditions, if you’ve
got dry kindling and the knowledge of where to locate somewhat dry
tender, you can start a fire.
on the sea or in a river, you can often carry most of your survival
kit in your PFD (Personal Flotation Device, i.e. Life Jacket) pockets.
The remainder can be in a waist pack.
Knives with hollow
handles are popular for carrying survival gear. First of all, that
is a limited amount of space. Second, a hollow handle is a weaker
handle. You want a survival knife to be very sturdy. It does not have
to be heavy or a massive “Rambo” style knife, but it should
be a well-built.
If you have the
means to cut, pry or split wood, coconuts or whatever without using
your knife, do it that way. Save your knife for when you truly need
In order to use
your survival knife as a hatchet, you can use a club-like piece of
wood to hammer the back of the blade. This is much more efficient
than hacking at the wood. When splitting bamboo, this method works
wonderfully. There is no better way to do it.
can choose from Khao Sok National Park whereby kayaking
is included in the course. This is a comfortable way for you to see
the jungle and experience one of the nicest national parks in SE Asia.
who also want a more hardcore jungle survival experience, PaddleAsia
offers a two-day jungle
survival course in Phang Nga Province. Bushcraft
courses are also available for those who are more
interested in camping, woodlore and traditional wilderness living
skills than just surivival.
If you don't have a lot of time and/or Khao Sok is out of your budget, check out our Phuket Wilderness Survival Introductory courses.
know what to do if you were shipwrecked or in a plane crash? Check
out our coastal
survival training course.
See our tour
prices list for prices.
Or, you can choose from
some smaller national parks or conservation areas. Contact
us for details.
lots of information on common sense survival and self-reliance
as well as survival supplies, check out my friend Dave
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educational videos on YouTube
pertaining to survival skills.
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recommended reading - Deep
Survival, Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
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of survival with plenty of real-life stories. It points out certain
(often repeated) patterns in many survival fatalities and how they
can be avoided.
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