How to stay alive
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.