Are You An Aspiring Adventurer?
Looking to add more excitement and spontaneity to your life by exploring the wilderness? You’re on to something. Spending time roughing it out in the world can be a truly fulfilling experience. Your brain needs a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life, as well as from the ever-present light from the screens of your devices. Taking time to go on an adventure in nature is the perfect way to detox from the overwhelming noise of the world.
Of course, there are precautions that you need to take when you venture out into the wild. If you’re an aspiring survivalist and adventurer, there’s a few pieces of gear that you absolutely can’t go without. These tools and resources will keep you safe, nourished, and on top of your game so that you can take care of yourself as you embark on your journey into the wilderness.
1. Emergency Food And Water
If you’ve ever been hiking or camping before, you know that packing nourishing food that will keep you full for a long time is a must. You also need a reliable source of water to stay hydrated. However, on top of the food and water you’d normally pack, it’s important to keep a stash of emergency food and water to turn to if you end up lost or stranded in the wilderness.
Your emergency food and water will be your last resort if you end up in an emergency. The best options for emergency food and water are always non-perishable, meaning they won’t go bad for a long, long time. Even bottled water can eventually expire as the plastic weakens and ends up seeping harmful chemicals into the water. In addition, many foods can end up going bad if they aren’t refrigerated or just have a short shelf life.
The best non-perishable water option is water pouches, which you can store in your hiking pack with ease and turn to if you run out of your main water source. Emergency water pouches won’t expire for up to five years, so you can leave them on standby in your pack and pull them out when you’re in a pinch.
The best non-perishable food option is high-calorie meal replacement bars. These bars have enough calories and macronutrients (carbs, fat, and protein) to keep you full for hours, and they won’t go bad for years. When you’re venturing out into the wilderness, having backup food in case of emergencies is a must.
2. A Multi-Tool
You definitely can’t fit a fully-stocked toolbox into your wilderness gear, but you can bring the next best thing: a multi-tool. A multi-tool is a many-in-one device with numerous retractable tools built into it. These include a screwdriver, mini saw, mini knife, pliers, and more. When you’re out in the wild, you never know when your multi-tool might come in handy, and it’s wise to keep it on standby in your pack just in case. Plus, it’s compact and light, meaning it won’t weigh you down like many bigger tools would.
One of the most important utilities in a survivalist’s multi-tool is its knife. You can use the knife in your multi-tool for numerous purposes when you’re out in the wild, including cleaning and gutting fish, cutting kindling, and more. A knife is a tool you’ll always want at your side in the wild, and a multi-tool lets you carry one with many other helpful tools alongside it.
3. Hand Sanitizer
This is an easy one to forget, but it’s indispensable without a doubt. When you’re venturing out in the wilderness, there’s a high likelihood that you won’t have easy access to fresh, running water for miles. This means you need an alternative way to keep your hands clean. You’re still going to be doing your business when you’re out in the wild, and there won’t be a sink nearby to wash off your hands in. Instead, keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your pack to use after you go, getting rid of any germs on your hands.
In addition to using hand sanitizer when you do your business in the wild, you’ll also want to have it handy before you eat. Chances are, you’ve been climbing on rocks, coming in contact with mud and dirt, and much more that you don’t want on your hands when you’re eating. You can rinse your dirty hands with a tiny bit of water from your bottle and then sanitize them with hand sanitizer. Using just water isn’t a reliable way to clean your hands – you’d never do that at home, so don’t do it in the wild!
4. First Aid Gear
If you’re out in the wilderness and get injured, you need supplies handy to take care of yourself. Likewise, if you’re venturing out with a buddy or a group of friends, having a first aid kit packed with you will keep them safe as well. Your first aid kit should contain everything you need to treat minor injuries like cuts, bruises, and burns, all of which you’re liable to get while out in the wild.
One key item that your wilderness first aid kit needs is gauze. Gauze can be used on wounds as a sterile bandage that will hinder bleeding and help the injury heal. Pair gauze with medical tape to affix it to the skin around a wound.
In the same vein, you may want to include adhesive bandages that you can put on minor nicks and scrapes to protect them, even if they don’t need gauze. Antiseptic wipes are smart to have on hand as well, so that you can be sure to clean any open wounds to prevent infection. A medicated ointment might be useful for treatment, too.
5. A Flashlight And Batteries
Never ever rely on your smartphone’s flashlight! There are no outlets in the wild, meaning once your phone dies, it’s dead until you get back to civilization. Instead, bring a reliable, battery-powered flashlight with you on your wilderness journey. Make sure to pack extra batteries as well – this will guarantee you’ll have enough power for the duration of your adventure.
In addition to a flashlight, it’s wise to bring a light source that doesn’t depend on batteries. A great option for battery-free light is a glow stick. Once activated, a glow stick can provide you hours of light without requiring the use of batteries.
Another excellent option that also doubles as a fire-starter is a pack of matches. Bringing matches or a lighter with you into the wilderness is always a must for starting a fire, which can be your most reliable source of light and warmth when it gets dark. If you opt for a lighter, make sure it has enough butane in it to last the duration of your journey. A good move is to pack multiple sources of light and multiple fire-starting tools. This guarantees that if one runs out of malfunctions, you’ll have several others on standby.
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