Let say you are stranded in the wilderness. By some freak of nature accident what would be the one thing you would want the most to help you survive. Or say should have with you.
I myself always carry a knife not one but two.
A knife for sure- preferably one of those crazy swiss army ones with the magnifiing glass.
but I would probably just make sure I had a tool for making fire- they'd find me within a day or two (if I was lost and stranded) nice and warm.
I have to agree with Bit, it would depend on what type of wilderness (desert or high mountain top!) and time of year. But for sure a knife, and if its cold warm clothes & matches would be nice. If its hot, plenty of water!
When I go hiking, even just a day hike, I almost always take a small backpack with some snacks, water & some bare essentials. I've thought about throwing one of those space blankets in there too, that could come in handy when its really cold or even raining.
That's exactly why we need to always be prepared & have those bare essentials with us regardless of how short you think your walk or hike will be. For me, if I plan on walking more than a couple miles from camp or my truck, then I'll take my backpack with water, etc. along.
Oh one more thing I carry with me from time to time, its my cellphone. Doesn't always work in the mountains though.
One of the worst things I do is go out by myself. And no-one knows where.
Sagebrush that is bad - really bad! Don't you remember that guy that had to chop his hand off to survive after a large rock came down on it? Had he told someone where he was going, he could have lived AND saved his arm/hand.
Do try to improve your habits, you might be saving your own life! If you take off by yourself something simple as breaking or spraining a leg can leave you stranded. If you're high in the mountains, you could freeze over night even in the summer months.
When placing a trail camera don't just look for a well used trail. What you want to do is look for a freshly used trail off by itself that goes from a north facing ridge, thick forest, brushy knob or some other similar bedding area to a food source. Don't forget water sources. Especially in the summer months the deer need water so look for a good trail going down too a creek surrounded by thick cover and place the camera 100 yards up from the water source.
Scent control is very important...