Wilderness Survival: 6 Essentials For Camping

Rather than going to a regular campsite for a boring weekend, going wild camping may be a lot more fun. What makes wild camping so rewarding, if anything, is the sheer degree to which it is unpredictable.

But, it is much more crucial to be mentally alert while preparing to venture into the wilderness. You are confined to what you can find in nature and your bag because there are no nearby conveniences, such as convenience stores or cooking facilities.

In light of this, let’s take a quick look at six absolute must-haves for any extreme camping excursion:

1. Auto Glass Breaker

It is crucial to have the proper equipment on hand in case of an emergency. In times of crisis, a glass breaker is one piece of equipment that may be useful. In case of an emergency, you should always have a glass breaker on hand for the following reasons.

In the event of an emergency, a glass breaker’s primary function is to shatter solid pieces of glass, such as automobile windshields or the windows of buildings. Having a dependable glass breaker on hand may be a lifesaver in a variety of situations, such as when you are stuck inside a vehicle due to an accident, when you need to rescue a kid or pet that is locked in a car, or when you are trying to escape from a submerged automobile in water.

Also, breaking glass using a glass breaker is simple and requires little force. Their blunt, sturdy points are crafted from long-lasting materials like carbon or tungsten carbide. When every second counts, specialist glass breakers guarantee a safe and speedy escape, unlike commonplace equipment like knives, which may not be as successful.

2. GPS Gadget

Nowadays, no backcountry adventure is complete without a map, compass, altimeter watch, global positioning system (GPS) gadget, and personal locator beacon (PLB). Let me provide you with further information:

When venturing out from well-traveled paths, such as a small, easily-missed pathway or nature trail, it is wise to bring a topographic map.

Having the ability to read maps and a compass are two of the most important survival skills to have while venturing into the wilderness and perhaps being lost. An electronic compass is included in many modern watches, GPS gadgets, and cellphones; nevertheless, a regular baseplate compass is a good backup because it is lightweight and does not require batteries.

Locating yourself precisely on a digital map is now possible with the help of a GPS gadget. Outdoor travel gear is often more durable and watertight. Using a smartphone with a GPS app is another common choice; however, you should know that most phones are more delicate and may require a cover to prevent damage.

3. Light source

You must always carry some light source to navigate the woods at night. Most people who go camping or hiking like to bring light so they can use both hands for cooking and gripping trekking poles. Battery packs should always be on hand.

4. Sunscreen

Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and other sun protection gear at all times. In the near term, you risk sunburn and snow blindness; in the long term, you run the risk of skin cancer, cataracts, and accelerated aging.

You need a good pair of sunglasses to shield your eyes from UV rays when you’re out in the sun. Wearing extra-dark glacier glasses is a must if you intend to spend time traveling on icy surfaces. One important function of excellent lenses is to filter 100% of ultraviolet radiation (UVA and UVB). All of REI’s sunglasses do just that. The formation of cataracts has been associated with exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which can burn the skin.

Sunscreen: UV rays, which may cause sunburn, age the skin prematurely, and even cancer, can be absorbed by the skin when you spend a lot of time outside. To help reduce your exposure to ultraviolet radiation, sunscreen is a must-have. The following are some recommendations from medical professionals for sunscreens:

A sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more is required, with 30 being the minimum suggested for prolonged exposure to the sun.

A mixture that prevents the sun’s harmful ultraviolet A and B rays.

Ensure that all exposed skin is adequately and liberally coated with sunscreen. Keep in mind that snow and water may reflect ultraviolet radiation, so it’s important to cover areas like your nose and chin. Depending on factors like perspiration and the time of day, you might need to reapply every two hours or more frequently. And remember to use lip balm with an SPF.

5. Medical Assistance

Always have a first-aid kit on hand and be familiar with its contents. Although many people customize pre-assembled first-aid kits to meet their needs, pre-packaged kits eliminate the guesswork from assembling one. Blister treatments, adhesive bandages (different sizes), gauze pads, tape, disinfectant ointment, over-the-counter pain relievers, writing implements, and paper are all essential for any first aid kit. It might be wise to bring nitrile gloves as well.

What you bring along in your gear should be proportional to the duration of your journey and the number of participants. It’s wise to have a small handbook on hand in case of a medical emergency as well.

6. Knives

Knives are a must-have for every outdoor adventure, whether fixing broken gear, preparing meals, administering first aid, or just needing kindling. A knife should be carried by every adult in your party.

In contrast to multitools and knives with several blades, some more complex designs have a can opener, a pair of foldout scissors, and/or one or two flathead screwdrivers. Having multiple blade or tool alternatives is a good idea when your demands are complicated (like when leading a group of novices).

In the end!

Consider what you’d need to endure a lengthy, sedentary stint in the wilderness while making your packing list. Common choices include a synthetic jacket or vest, additional socks, gloves, a balaclava or insulating cap, and two layers of undergarments. Layer up your upper torso and lower legs for cold hikes.