Ten C’s of Survival

Don't Forget to Carry Essential Items for Hike or CampStaying alive when you are caught out in the wilderness means knowing the 10 C’s of survival. Developed by Dave Canterbury, the 10 C’s are divided into two sections with five being essential and the other five being highly useful in keeping you alive more comfortably. Don’t confuse it the rule of 3 for survival.

The 10 C’s are designed in case you lose your way in the wilderness, the weather turns hazardous, or you become injured.

5 Essential C’s of Survival

Combustion: You must have a way to create fire. Fire is survival in the wilderness, especially during the winter when the cold can kill you quickly. A good lighter, ferro rod, and spark-catching items such as tinder can help you light a fire quickly so that you can get warm, boil water, or even signal for help.

Container: A good stainless steel water bottle can let you keep boiled water handy or use to melt snow that is safe for you to drink.

Cordage: A good, long rope of 100 feet can let you do so many things. Carrying some around will help you create shelter, get across a running stream, climb a tree, or whatever else needs to be done to help you survive.

Cover: You must have some cover, such as a tent, shelter half, poncho, tarp, or wool blanket to keep you protected from the temperature and the elements. Even if you are only planning to be out a few hours, an injury or getting lost means you could be out overnight and in need of cover.

Cutting Tool: A good, sturdy knife that is four to five inches long, heavy, and versatile so that you can clean fish, chop kindling, or help create a shelter can be a real life-saver. Choose a good survival knife for your next trip out into the wilderness.

5 Helpful C’s for Survival

Here are five C’s that are not as essential, but still important if you want to survive outdoors with some modicum of comfort.

Candle: A good candle can last a long time and provide a source of heat as well. You can use this with your tactical flashlight or headlamp for additional illumination at night.

Canvas Needle: Sometimes called a sailing needle, you can repair your shelter or clothes with it. Also, you can remove splinters, use as a compass, and a host of other tasks.

Cargo Tape: Otherwise known as duct tape, you can do quite a bit with it that may help you survive far easier when in need of constructing something.

Compass: You can always use the North Star at night or the old sun shadow trick during the day, but a compass is more reliable for finding your direction.

Cotton: It can help start fires, be used as signaling flags, or cover your head. A good bandana made from cotton makes many tasks easier.

Dave Canterbury’s 10 C’s of survival will help you last longer if you are caught out in the wilderness with no support. You should help your family and friends who also like to spend time in the outdoors hiking trails or camping to be prepared so they can survive in case the worst should occur.