The Complete Camping Survival Checklist

Thursday, October 05, 2017


A true camper knows the importance of camping essentials, even if you are just on a short hike in the woods. In many situations, weather and other natural elements act in unexpected ways and may prove to be dangerous. As they say, one should always expect the best, and prepare for the worst. While it is true that on most trips you will not really require many of the following items, you will thank yourself for having them when the situation goes bad. Getting caught in a survival situation is certainly not a pleasant experience. The following list of items will ensure you are prepared to handle such situations with efficiency: 

Bushcraft knife 
A knife is one of the most versatile and important tools to have on your person. Not only would a knife prove extremely useful in most life-threatening situations, they can be used for a number of other purposes. From cutting rope to building emergency shelters and creating weapons from wood, knives serve innumerable purposes, especially when you are camping. While handmade bushcraft knives are beautiful and utilitarian, they can be dangerous if proper care is not taken. Apart from practicing basic knife safety, make sure to keep your blade sharp and dry at all times. Remember, dull blades are extremely dangerous for the user. 

First-aid supplies 
While most experienced campers like to customise their first aid kits to their unique needs, there are pre-assembled options available for beginners. Adhesive bandages, disinfecting ointment, cotton and bandage gauges, pain medication and blister-treatment creams are just a few of the must-haves in your first aid kit. Moreover, carrying a first aid guide is advisable to make sure you take the right steps in emergency situations. 

Light 
Ideally, you should carry two light sources, for worst case scenario. One great option is a headlamp. Headlamps are extremely popular among experienced campers as they are lightweight, sturdy, and offer a dependable battery life. Moreover, headlamps don’t occupy one of your hands, making them a superior survival tool. For the backup source of light, you can choose a flashlight or an electric lantern. While electric lanterns have their own advantages, flashlights are far more utilitarian. Some modern flashlights are capable of shooting out an extremely bright and powerful beam of light that can be used to send out signals during emergencies. It is advised that every member of your camping group should have their own flashlights, and should have an extra pair of batteries. 

Navigation system 
You might think that a GPS receiver is all you need in your navigation system, but GPS receivers rely on batteries to function. When the battery runs out, only your basic map reading ability, combined with a compass and a geographical map will be able to help you. If you don’t have basic map reading ability, it is advisable to develop one before heading out to the forest. An altimeter is another sensible addition to your navigation system. It will help you determine how high above the sea level you are and use that information to determine your location on a map. 

Conclusion 
In conclusion, keep in mind that the contents of your survival kit depend largely on the number of people in your group, and the duration of your trip. Having said that, it is good to remember that packing extra never hurt anybody! Safe Camping!

You Might Also Like

0 comments

Subscribe