Survival Gear – These are some of the most important things you will need to bring on any camping trip. Most people don’t think about it before it’s too late. In the past I sometimes forgot but the survival gear you decide to bring will be determined by your destination and type of outdoor venture.
Everyone should have a first aid kit on hand. Even in your car it’s good to have one of these bad boys. The Adventure Medical Mountain Series Weekender First Aid Kit is stuffed with a large assortment of supplies ready to tackle any ailment or injury while on any trip. This makes for great survival gear regardless of your destination such as fishing, car camping or ski trips. Even makes a great first aid kit to have around the house.
Survival gear such as an emergency blanket is a good idea. There are several out there and come in various forms. Cheaper models will remind you of aluminum foil and make just as much noise. They do a good job though but if you’re really serious and find yourself always in colder weather investing in a quality thermal blanket would be a better approach.
Water purification is essential and drinking clean, clear and fresh water will keep you healthy outdoors. Survival gear such as water purification can come in the form of a water filter pump or tablets. Water filters like the Katadyn Vario Water Filter provides clean water fast but if you need a more cost effective solution than tablets may be for you. Although, tablets normally take at least 4 hours to take effect so you’ll need to weigh out the pros and cons of each.
Keeping warm by the fire is important. Don’t forget your matches, lighter or flint and steel as part of your survival gear arsenal. Try lighting a fire with as few matches as possible. We suggest if you’re not confident in your fire building skills practice in your backyard (of course with your wife’s or parents permission). Lighters are good but make sure there’s plenty of lighter fluid left to sustain for an entire trip. Flint and steel are for the experts. Bring dryer lint if you’re bold enough for lighting your fire this way.
Canteens hold water and water is essential to life and therefore should be a part of your survival gear. Get a canteen that’s functional like the Everyday Oasis Canteen. If you’re gone for a couple of days then the bigger the better. If you’re hiking then you’ll want to bring at least one that holds at least one quart. More than that will weigh you down. There’s always a water source somewhere in the mountains.
Get your survival gear ready and grab a knife. A good Swiss Army Camper Knife will assist you in any situation. Cooking, cutting small branches, whittling a stick, nail clipper, splinter remover, or rope cutter. The functions of a knife are endless. Depending on the length of your outdoor trip and how often you will use your camping knife will determine which kind you bring.
In today’s age compasses are old fashion survival gear and have been replaced by GPS devices. If you’re a boy scout or former one you learned how to use a compass. Impress the ladies. It’s interesting how we find ourselves depending on GPS devices more and more these days. So when you’re on the trail make sure you have one. Better to be safe than sorry. Track your mileage, your average speed and your position at any given time.
Whether you’re on the trail or at the campsite packing the right survival gear will enhance your outdoor experience because it’s always good to be prepared.