3 Commonly Forgotten Wilderness Survival Items
by Julia Slovich
3 Commonly Forgotten Wilderness Survival Items -
Most people remember to pack the obvious survival kit items backpacking: water, flashlights, GPS, first aid kit, a lighter, toilet paper, food, etc. Despite their best care and racking their brains to think of everything they might possibly need, several important items usually fail to make their way into the survival kits. Here are a few things that are often forgotten and why it’s extremely important that you remember them.
It’s common for the outdoorsy to remember all of their gadgets – GPS, radios, range finders, flashlights, and other helpful technologies. How are all of these powered? By batteries. If the worst happens and you find yourself lost, running out of battery power is the last thing that you want to happen. Remember to toss a few extra packs of batteries into your bag, just in case. You never know what mother nature will throw at you, so be prepared!
- Water Purification Tablets
While everyone remembers to bring water, seldom to people think about what they would do if they run out of the water that they brought with them. Instead of bringing extra water for 5 or 6 extra days and weighing down your pack, bring water for 1 extra day and throw water purification tablets in your bag. You won’t feel the extra wait of some small tablets, but you will feel assured that you can make fresh clean water in a pinch if you need it.
- Signaling Items
If you are truly lost or if you hurt yourself, you are going to need something to tell the search parties where you are. On a side note, ALWAYS tell someone where you are going to be backpacking and when to expect you back home. Your chances of being found quickly increase drastically if search crews know the general direction in which you went. Don’t forget to bring flares, fire starting equipment, or aluminum sheets for reflection to send signals.
The next time you are headed out on a backpacking expedition, make sure these key items make their way into your kit. Every trip is a new experience and things are bound to happen that you could not have forecasted, you just never know! Be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.
About the author: Julia is a writer passionate about health, fitness & backpacking. When she's not running her dog she can sometimes be found writing about cooking, and a myriad of other topics.
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