Heat is the most important indirect survival need. It’s easy to build a fire with proper tools and the benefits are too many to number. Avoiding frostbites, hypothermia, trench foot, and dehydration in harsh climates should be at the top of your list of priorities. Besides keeping you and your shelter warm, fire will cook your food, boil the water, dry your clothes, and melt snow if water is scarce.

The light of a fire will also boost your morale in a bug out situation, so we have both physical and psychological “warfare” covered. Always carry a couple of fire-starting tools and hone your skills in “old-school” fire making, just in case. Below you’ll find some of the best survival gear for starting a fire and staying warm.