In the wild, real men respect the basics. One wrong turn on a trail when the sun’s setting, or one missed item, and you’re in some serious trouble. It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. So, here are 5 simple, must-haves to always carry on your next outdoor adventure.
1. WATER PURIFYING
In the wild, available water isn’t always drinkable water! These days, you can go old school or new school. Bring a 2-quart pan to boil water but when you’re pressed for time, try the following: 1) Survival straws can filter water and are light and easy to pack. 2) UV light distillers will kill bacteria and come in easy-to-pack sizes. 3) Solar containers use the sun to kill dangerous substances, and 4) Disinfecting tablets are an easy fix when you’re stuck in a cabin. The good news here; you have options.
2. MAN NEEDS FIRE
Sure, you love fire, but do you know how to start one? Again, you can go old school with a flint and rock or a bow and drill. Ferro rods can easily spark a flame when rubbed against your hunting knife. The easiest solution; just don’t forget to pack your matches and/or lighter!
3. SMALL BUT MIGHTY TOOLS
Survivors need tools and the good news is that there are plenty of essential ones to choose from. Two must-haves – a strong hunting knife and a hatchet. Also, remember, a dull knife or hatchet is worthless so bring something to keep those tools sharp. Fishermen, remember your line and hooks; unless you have a solution to catch fish that works better. Hunger may lead to creative solutions!
4. SHELTER BUILDING SKILLS
Out in the wilderness, nature gives you all the tools you need for shelter, if you know where to look. The type of terrain you are in can determine the kind of shelter required. Before heading out on your journey, take a moment to consider the right shelter. Once you’ve done that, pitch it, build it and create your own fortress.
5. KEEP WARM
A night outdoors can be beautiful, but sometimes can be downright cold. Whether you bring a sleeping bag or a wool blanket, make sure you have something to keep your body warm. Along with your sleeping gear, make sure you have layers of clothing, either on you or packed. Sleeping under the stars can be amazing, but only when you’re warm and comfortable.
To enjoy the great outdoors, you need to respect it. Plan for the worst and enjoy the best of it.