Survival water purification is one of the most important wilderness skills everyone should learn. Water makes up more than two thirds of a person's body weight. Because many water sources (rivers, lakes, and streams) contain bacteria and other harmful pathogens, it is essential for your health to carry some type of water purification system.
A couple different systems to consider: Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System and Gregory Hydration 3L Reservoir. Potable Aqua Iodine Tablet and Chlorine Dioxide Water-Purification Tablets are also great ways to purify water as you are exploring the backcountry.
Having a whistle on hand in an emergency situation could save your life. Imagine you are climbing a mountain with friends and the earth falls beneath your feet and you disappear in a hidden ravine. Suddenly your voice isn't loud enough to be heard. But with the sound of your whistle, your friends would be able to find you.
The Fox 40 Sonic Blast whistle is a great whistle and is very loud, which is great for emergency situations.
While exploring in the wilderness, you should always be prepared in the event you get stuck in the dark. Having a headlamp could help you find your way back home, and keep you from getting hurt. The Vitchelo Headlamp and Black Diamond headlamp are both well-made waterproof headlamps.
Being prepared for an unexpected night in the wilderness is always a good idea. When choosing an emergency sleeping bags, consider the following factors: size, weight, cold or temperature rating, budget, purpose, vents, and having a backup emergency mylar blanket.
A survival lighter will give you access to a fire. When in a survival situation, chances are you may end up cold or in the dark. A fire can provide warmth, cook food, scare off wild animals, and sanitize wounds. When choosing a lighter, consider the quality, resistance, and reusability of the lighter.
Just as important as it is to carry a lighter, it is also wise to have a fire starter. Coghlan's Emergency Tinder is safe sure emergency fire starting kit that starts fires without matches. The tinder will light even when wet and is non-toxic and odorless.
Your chances of survival are greatly increased with a knife. The number of things you can do with a knife are endless, including cutting rope, building emergency shelters, and cutting bandages. Consider fixed blade knives as they are more durable, resilient, and good for cutting large objects, such as branches.
If you began your trip with a fully charged phone, then your smartphone could serve as your greatest survival tool. Learn how to turn a smartphone into a survival tool with survival apps.
A compass is useless without the knowledge of how to use one. But having a compass in your pack can help you find your way back to civilization if you get lost in the wilderness. You will be able to find a road or other sign of home on the map that you can get to by navigating with your compass.
The Suunto MC-2 G Mirror Compass and Eyeskey Multifunction Compass are both great compasses to consider.
First-aid kids are always wise to carry, whether you are in the great outdoors or traveling across country in the car. The Surviveware Small First Aid Kit is durable, compact, waterproof, and well-organized. It is small, yet contains 100 basic lifesaving items.
Having a signal mirror and knowing how to use one in a survival situation will help you get the help you need. Watch this hilarious, yet informative video to learn how to use a signal mirror.
Carrying these 11 survival gear items with you on your hikes will leave your mind at ease in the event a situation were to occur, and you have to jump into survival mode.
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