Mosquito Net to be Worn As a Veil by Wellcome Images is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
One thing that every soldier should have is a mosquito net. If soldiers use this net, it helps them lower their chances of getting malaria and other diseases that are caused from insects. Since soldiers are outside and in all different types of climates, they have to be prepared for anything ("10 Things")!
WWI Gas Mask by Luz28 is licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication
A second thing that a WWI soldier should definitely have is a gas mask. The Germans were the first to start to use chemicals as weapons and other nations progressively followed after them. Although death rates are low for chemical gas, it can give a soldier horrible physical effects like eye irritation and skin blisters ("10 Things").
Troops in Steel Helmets by the National Library of Scotland is licensed under the public domain
A third piece of equipment that is needed to survive in the trenches is a steel helmet. Before 1916, most armies had soft cloth hats that didn't shield troops' heads from any type of danger. Many nations started to realize that the head was the body part was most exposed to fire. Because of this helmet, head injuries decreased by 75% ("10 Things").
US Winter Field Uniform by Daderot is licensed under public domain
Camouflage is absolutely needed to survive in the trenches. Many countries initially had bright colored uniforms to impress and intimidate their opponents. They quickly learned that they will get seen and shot quickly. Camouflage is needed to help you blend in with your surroundings and stay hidden ("10 Things").
Shorthand Diary of WWI Soldier by York Museums Trust is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International
The last thing that is needed to survive in a trench is a journal. Soldiers often used journals to write letters to their loved ones or just write about their experiences. Many soldiers often had these to keep their sanity because of all the traumatic events that were happening around them ("What Was").
“10 Things That Could Have Saved Your Life in the Trenches.” Imperial War Museums, 2016, www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-things-that-could-have-saved-your-life-in-the-trenches. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.
What Was It like in a World War One Trench?” BBC, 2017, www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z8sssbk. Accessed 27 Mar. 2017.