Many of us find spending time outdoors relaxing and stress-relieving because we get to be with our friends or family and just hang out. Stepping away from our busy work or school life, we get to decompress and enjoy the beauty of nature as well as the simplicity of outdoor living.
Your backpack, aside from carrying your gear and supplies, can serve as your survival kit as well if you packed essentials such as your first-aid kit, water bottle, bivy sack, communication gadgets, fire starter, pocket knife and survival rations.
In any type of activity, we should always be prepared for the worst, especially when you’re in the wild where assistance could take a while before reaching your location. You can assemble your own survival kit and choose from a wide variety of ready-made kits online or your go-to outdoor gear store. Here are our top picks:
1. Wise Company Red 5 Day 1 Person Survival Backpack
Weight: 9 pounds
Contents: 32 servings of entrees, portable stove, water pouches, first aid and hygiene kit, dust mask, pocket tissues, Wet Naps, waste bag, fuel tablets, stainless steel cup squeeze, flashlight, 5-in-1 survival whistle, waterproof matches, Mylar blanket emergency poncho, playing cards
2. Gerber Bear Grylls Basic Kit
Weight: 8 pounds, 8 ounces
Contents: knife, whistle, fire starter, waterproof matches, snare wire, emergency cord, cotton ball fire tinder
3. Adventure Medical SOL Hybrid 3 Survival Kit
Weight: 1 pound, 4 ounces
Contents: bandages, sterile gauze dressing, nitrile gloves, moleskin, duct tape, cable ties, EMT shears, splinter picker, safety pins, after bite wipes, antihistamine (25mg), ibuprofen (200mg), detachable bag, aluminum foil, compass, Fire Lite sparker, headlamp, SOL survival blanket (96 x 60in), Mini Rescue Flash signal mirror, Slim Rescue Howler whistle, nylon cord, 4 Tinder Quik, antiseptic wipes, povidone iodine, tape, skin tac adhesive wipes, triple antibiotic ointment
Expect the fun and experience that you’d get during your hiking or camping trip but also be vigilant and focus on you and your companions’ safety. Knowing the types of outdoor activities that you plan on doing during your camping trip like that of fishing, camp fire building, rock climbing or sports as well as the number of days you’d be spending outdoors can help you determine what you need to pack in your survival kit.