Outdoor emergency gear for every adventure
Surviving in the great outdoors is a task that should not be taken lightly. Whether you are doing night hikes or survival hikes, there will always be gear to never forget. The right outdoor gear stands between you and tragedy.
Make sure you have the necessary equipment and tools according to the risks you will encounter. Create a list of essentials every time you go out. The list will grow and shrink as your gear and experience grows.
You’re unlikely to use all of them on your list, but it’s good to know you have the right tool. When shopping, consider essential gear categories rather than unique items.
Five categories of survival gear:
- Navigation, always know your exact location and know how to find safety.
- Emergency shelter is essential as exposure to the elements can kill.
- Extra nutrition and hydration can save a person; pack high calorie items to gain energy.
- Clothing should be considered a survival bag; weather conditions can change quickly.
- Skin protection should be considered in all seasons. Protect yourself from sun poisoning and snow blindness.
Medical and first aid equipment
First aid kits are designed for minor abrasions; anything beyond that means getting to the hospital quickly. There are thousands of kits; stick with the biggest online retailers and neighborhood sports stores. Don’t skimp on outdoor emergency equipment; it can mean your life.
adventure medical kits; QuickClot, coagulation gauze. Nothing can derail a camping trip faster than a scrape or a cut. QuikClot works on contact to stop bleeding, saving time when every second counts. Hemostatic gauze accelerates the body’s natural clotting process, using kaolin, a natural clotting agent. Kaolin is non-allergenic, making it safe and effective to use.
First aid kits
Build your survival bag with material that looks like most of your hikes. If most of your survival camping is three to five days, build a balanced bag, and so on. Small kits to large medical bags should be considered, depending on your type of trek, Survival or Off-Grid.
Mountain Series Explorer First Aid
This mid-range kit is an excellent first medical pack to start the season. Unused products last several camping seasons and two or three survival trips. Hospital-grade supplies are clearly labeled for emergencies that require quick action – clear pockets on a water-resistant medical bag for easy access.
Gadgets and emergency equipment
Putting outdoor emergency gear in your survival bag takes a lot of thought.
- Pyro Putty Dual Arc Elite Lighter: Provides an electronic beam that will light up anything in tough conditions.
- TinderQuik provides a little tinder that will light up in all weathers for three minutes. TinderQuik lights up when wet.
- The Survive Outdoors Longer Waterproof Escape Bivvy provides shelter in harsh conditions.
- Blister Medic Kit: Don’t let a foot blister ruin your trip. Comprehensive first aid for blisters.
- Trauma kits are always a good idea for emergency wounds and skin injuries.
Build a Survival Bag
A survival bag or bug bag is an essential. When equipping a survival bag, always buy quality gear. Bug out bags are called an essential gear kit that will help a person survive on their own for 72 hours. Your survival bag should be taken on any outdoor trip, no matter what time of day.
If family safety is a priority on any camping trip, use common sense when creating a bag.
The Ready.gov website is a great resource for creating an emergency preparedness bag. The instructions are simple and well presented; however, the items are more for a three or four day emergency than a survival trek. There is good information for the beginner camper.
The first thing to do is to buy a bag suitable for your equipment. Make sure the quality is there and it has the pockets and internals to get the job done. Remember, this bag will be with your family for years to come, so choose wisely. Make sure that the equipment in the bag is suitable for travel, i.e. for a three-day trip, not a two-week trip.
Two survival bags that do the trick:
Browning Wicked Wing Blind Bag
Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Habitat is the perfect camouflage built by a world class brand. Browning offers the ultimate in quality bag construction and design. Waterproof compartments to keep electronics dry. No matter the adventure, there’s plenty of storage space and compartments. There is a clear, waterproof, zipped container inside the Wicked Wing to store gear without exposing it to moisture. The straps and bags feature plenty of padding for those long rides, and the Browning Wicked Wing bag is buoyant. The Wicked Wing is constructed from a strong PVC reinforced polyester. Excellent all-purpose bag.
FoxPro Carry Bag
The Carrybag features pockets with Molle Webbing and padded dividers inside the FoxPro. Comfortable padded shoulder straps with multiple zippered pockets and an electronics pocket. The Coyote Tan bag can be used for many different family activities.
Choose only the gear needed to survive in the wild for 72 hours; the chances of finding help diminish rapidly after that.
Camping, hunting and surviving in the wilderness is a glorious challenge. It can be further improved by using available knowledge and purchasing excellent equipment. Use your available space wisely, like a well-stocked survival kit. Sometimes one wrong turn can lead to the loss of a person and the beginning of a tragedy.