It’s always thrilling to embark on an adventure. You feel the surge of adrenaline, the excitement, and the fear. So whether you’re going camping, hiking, or mountain climbing with your friends, you’ll need to be sufficiently prepared, mentally and physically.
In the case of an unforeseen circumstance, you will need items that can aid your survival and safety in the wilderness.
Let’s go through some of the survival items you should have in your backpack.
1. Survival knife
In the wilderness, you will undoubtedly need a knife for several purposes. You could use it to cut ropes, defend yourself from danger, and even start fires. As a result, you want a durable and sharp knife to perform these tasks. Ultimately, a knife will always come in handy, mainly if you get in an urgent situation.
2. First aid
You can never be too careful. Whenever you are going on an adventure, you must carry a first aid kit. While no one hopes for unforeseen circumstances, it is safer to have the kit on you. You can purchase or build one, either way, make sure your kit contains essentials such as bandages, disinfectants, gloves, and pain relievers. You can always add more if you think it’s essential.
3. Maps, compass, or GPS
Choosing a navigation tool is necessary to help you find your way if you get lost. These navigation tools include GPS systems, phone maps, and printed maps. While a map on your phone may be the most convenient, keeping a physical copy in case your phone dies or loses service is preferable. Regardless, you must be able to read maps to utilize them in the first place.
4. Water purifier
It only takes a few days to die of dehydration, so you need water if you intend to stay out in the wilderness for a long time. Carry as many gallons of water as you can, but just in case you may not be able to carry a lot, take water filters with you. If you run out of water and need to drink water from a river or stream, a water filter can make it safe for drinking.
A fire could save your life. If you get stranded and need to warm up, you’ll need to be able to light a fire. You could also use it to cook food, dry your clothes, and even boil water.
6. Cords or ropes
A rope is too versatile to be left out of your survival items. Climbing trees, tying poles, making an emergency shelter, bandaging, and hunting expeditions are just a few things you may do with it. The list goes on and on.
You will need extra clothing, a flashlight if it gets dark, and food.
No one hopes to get into a stranded situation, but it’s best to plan for it so that you’re prepared to deal with it if it happens. Finally, ensure you are physically fit and capable of taking care of yourself before going on any adventure.
Stay safe and have fun.