Sur­vival kits

How to stay alive

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

There’S a scene in the 1998 movie There’s Some­thing about Mary, a film made fa­mous by a cer­tain, um, hair gel scene, that um... sorry, what were we say­ing again? Oh yes, where a hitch­hiker ex­plains his plan to be a mil­lion­aire to Ben Stiller’s char­ac­ter, Ted: un­der­cut­ting the pop­u­lar ex­er­cise video Eight-minute abs with his own in­ge­nious video, Seven­minute abs. “Think about it: you walk into a video store, you see Eight-minute abs. There’s Seven-minute abs sit­ting right be­side it. Which one you gonna pick, man?”

We felt a bit like that look­ing at all of the sur­vival kits out there: 12-piece sur­vival kits, 13-piece sur­vival kits, 24-piece sur­vival kits and so on. The thing is, more does not nec­es­sar­ily mean bet­ter. There’s no point car­ry­ing a har­poon gun when you’re hik­ing up a moun­tain. To find the best fit for you, con­sider what you need, oth­er­wise you’re just car­ry­ing ex­tra weight.

Would you sur­vive if your ve­hi­cle broke down in the mid­dle of nowhere, miles from any­where, with no cell­phone sig­nal? Could you find your way to the near­est vil­lage? Could you start a fire or catch a fish? Hell… could you even open up that can of corned beef you’ve kept in the boot? Of course you could. Be­cause you read your Leisure Wheels mag­a­zine and went out and got your­self a sur­vival kit. Well done, you.

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