5 C’s & 10 C’s Of Survival

5 C’s & 10 C’s Of Survival Dave Canterbury Recommends… from Modern Survival Blog

The following post on the 5 C’s & 10 C’s of survival is timeless. I originally posted this years ago. However I’m re-posting the list as a refresher. It may be especially to new comers who may be wondering about the basics for a survival kit.

These elements of survival basics are well worth remembering (and practicing).

Dave Canterbury, author of “BushCraft 101” and “Advanced Bush Craft”, first came up with the concept which he calls the 5 C’s (and then the 10 C’s) of survivability.

When putting together a minimalist (or any) basic survival kit, consider these underlying categories for survivability. You might fulfill the recommended requirements in a number of different ways. That’s up to you. But it’s a great guideline.


5 C’s of Survival

Before listing the 10 C’s of survival, these first 5 are the core elements of survivability. They are categories/items that would be difficult to reproduce in an outdoor situation if you didn’t already have them.

Cutting Tool

The most difficult thing to reproduce in an outdoor situation. A high quality knife, preferably in a sheath and strapped to your belt. Full tang for strength is a great idea too.

I’ve written a number of articles on the survival knife, including this one about “batoning” wood:

How to Baton Wood and Why

Morakniv Full Tang Fixed Blade Knife
(view on amzn)

Combustion Device

You need ‘something’ that will start a fire, whether the environment is wet or dry. And the ability / “know-how” to do it. (Articles on Fire Making)

FireSteel – World’s Best Firestarter Rods
(view at FireSteel.com)


Cover & Shelter to protect you from the elements. This could be a wool blanket, a tarp, Mylar foil blanket, etc. Even your clothes and outerwear are considered among the “shelter” category once you start digging into it.

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Ken Jorgustin

Ken Jorgustin’s survival blog focuses on a wide variety of preparedness topics varying from short to long term actions and solutions for wide-ranging scenarios of preparation… for daily life, disaster, or even SHTF collapse. Subjects include situational and risk awareness, the dangers, systemic risks, and avoidance of dependence upon the major ‘modern’ systems that we take for granted, topics of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and practical solutions to live a way of life while surviving these uncertain times. Modern Survival is Preparedness For Life Preparedness is a process and will become a way of life – one in which you have more control over your own destiny. Being better prepared will help liberate you from “the system” which in many ways is designed to hold you down and keep you “dependent”. Modern Survival Blog has been committed since JAN-2010 to produce a wide variety of information to hopefully provide you with ideas for your own preparedness.