Survival Kit Preparation Guide
Outdoor enthusiasts face challenging obstacle when trying to prepare for an unfortunate camping, hiking, hunting, or fishing emergency. The variety of disaster situations that can occur to even a seasoned outdoor enthusiast makes it strikingly difficult to prepare essential equipment and supplies for any emergency. Building a
Different outdoor sports have the potential to invoke very different challenges that require different
Consider The Location
Evaluate the climate and terrain of your target destination. Weather extremes or unexpected terrain changes can catch outdoor enthusiasts off-guard. Hikers traveling through the cool, wet Pacific Northwest can still experience heat exhaustion, especially in the summer, just as desert campers can easily freeze at night despite the daytime heat. If you plan to be taking your next hike, camping outing or hunting trip into an area you are not entirely familiar with, ask an area professional’s opinion and do some online research to get a handle on what items you should add to your
There are basic items that are essential to any
o Protection against the elements, or, shelter: To keep warm and protect your body from the elements pack lightweight, water-resistant clothing and blankets. There are many products available that can help keep you warm (reflective aluminum blankets) and dry (waterproof tarps and ponchos). Depending on where you are going, mosquito nets may be necessary.
Warmth goes hand-in-hand with shelter and protection. Include waterproof matches and a lighter in your kit but also consider a flint in case you are stranded for a long-length of time.
o First aid or medical supplies: A first aid
o Food, water, or the tools needed to procure them: Food can sometimes be the hardest thing to pack because it is heavy and takes up room. Experts recommend packing at least three gallons of water per person for a 3-6 day trip. Foods like nuts and dehydrated fruits are high-energy foods and easy to carry for an outdoor trip. Also consider bringing along multi-vitamins to help replenish lost nutrients.
o Ways to signal rescuers: Many rescues occur because lost hikers or campers are diligent about signaling for help. Lightweight LED flashlights or lanterns are perfect for
o Tools to help guide outdoor enthusiasts back to familiar territory: A reliable compass and the know-how to use it are also essential for a
The duration of your outdoor adventure will determine how much you should pack your
While it is important to be prepared, be mindful of over packing and weighing yourself down with useless elements.
~Ben Anton, 2008