No matter how short or long your hiking trip may be, survival gear is a must-have and a priority to have a fulfilling nature galore. A lot of things, like sudden weather change, and inevitable accidents, like a sprained ankle, can happen unexpectedly during your hike. To be a smart hiker, know the following survival gears that hikers like you should carry along with your trip.
- Emergency Supplies
- First-aid supplies
Your first-aid kit must depend on the number of people, how much distance you’re going to cover, the level of danger, and the span of your trip. Refill all items and check if something has expired.
- Flashlight and signaling devices
Portable flashlights are available nowadays, so you now have a companion in the dark. It can also be your signaling device by flicking the light for SOS. You can also use a whistle for a lightweight, small, and easy to keep survival gear.
- Emergency Shelter
If your hiking trip takes overnight or for days, you must take a tent and sleeping bag as your shelter. However, even if a day hike trip needs to fetch something for an emergency, so bring a big orange plastic bag joint as survival gear. You can stay warm and dry inside of the emergency bag, while its orange color attracts attention and is highly visible.
- Water Filter or Purifier
When you are thirsty and tired of hiking, it is tempting to drink straight from a clear mountain stream. However, what can harm you, like bacterias, viruses, and parasites, are not visible to your naked eyes. Unsanitized water is dangerous, so bring a water purifier or a water filter to be sure. Instead of bringing gallons of water, bring a small water purifier kit for convenience.
- Handheld GPS
Your trip will undoubtedly involve “I’m lost” scenarios, so a handheld GPS device is very convenient for hiking, trekking, and mountaineering. Your handheld GPS will help you find your way, especially if you have poor visibility, or the site has unnoticeable distinct features. Unlike smartphones, recreational hikers prefer handheld GPS device as a survival gear as it has more long-lasting and much longer battery life.
Being a smart hiker is being equipped and prepared in every situation. You can’t bring information and skills in your backpack, but try to be familiar with them. If you are a novice hiker, check out local hiking groups and learn some tips from them.