An Emergency Kit for Wilderness Use
Probably the very first thing to be
put into your emergency kit when you are going hiking or camping is a
map. While this may seem obvious, the number of people who get lost every
year are testimony to the fact that it is often forgotten or neglected.
Along with a map, every wilderness emergency kit should have a compass in
it. Even if you are able to tell direction by the sun or stars, the sky
is not always clear.
nice thing to put into your emergency kit would be a couple of twenty dollar
bills. And, be sure someone knows when you are due back, and who to
contact if you fail to appear.
Fire and Shelter
Any number of things can cause even an experience hiker to become lost, but
being able to make a fire and have some sort of emergency shelter available can
make the experience at least tolerable. While there are waterproof
matches, a better choice would be a magnesium firestarter, it is much more
dependable. Shelter can be provided by an emergency tent can provide
protection from the wind and rain, and is easily carried in your
backpack. A small coil of rope should be included as well, as you will
need this to string the tent. A mylar
blanket or sleeping bag will make
the tent more habitable, too.
Safe Water To Drink
Even if you carry a bottle of water with you, it will soon be exhausted and you
will need to find water to drink. There are simply too many biological
pathogens present in nearly every source of water for you to take a chance on
getting sick as well as being lost. There are several ways to provide for
safe drinking water while you are waiting for help, or until you find your way
back. Water purification straws are small and easy to put into an
water purification tablets also take up little room, and
portable water filters are easily carried. Being able to drink safely
will mean that you remain well hydrated and be better able to deal with your
No emergency survival kit for wilderness use should be without a first aid
. Some of these kits are quite compact, but will provide the items
necessary for you to deal with cuts, scrapes, stings, and pain.
A Few More Important Things
Besides the above, you might want to pack a multi-tool into your kit, it can be
useful in a number of ways – even sawing branches for a fire or shelter.
You should also have a few packets of some kind of
energy food, food that will
not need any cooking. Do not forget to include a
flashlight, the woods
are very dark at night, and it can also be used for signaling. A small
roll of duct tape can help with emergency repairs or to help put together a
For a kit that offers these and many other essential survival products, we recommend the Smart Kit With First Aid Supplies. This kit offers food, lighting supplies and a first aid kit!
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