Preparation is key to any adventure. When you venture out into the wild, you need to be comfortable in the outdoors and have the facilities to deal with any unforeseen problems. Mother nature can be a cruel mistress and a perfectly nice day can turn into a nightmare in the blink of an eye.
So, if you are planning to head out into the wild, you need to think carefully about what to put in your pack. There are lots of useful sites about survival skills such as Prepared Bee you might like to have a look at, but for now, we’ve outlined the basics.
A Bottle of Water
It goes without saying that hydration is key on any expedition. If you are planning a long trip, a large bottle of water might take up a lot of room in your pack and be too heavy so consider taking some water purification pills or a filtration system so that you can safely drink from water sources around you.
Whenever you’re going out into the mountains, you should always carry a map and compass. Even more importantly, you need to know how to use them. There’s nothing worse than getting disorientated on the top of a mountain when the cloud rolls in. And whilst using electronic GPS devices is easy, they can run out of battery or fail at the most inconvenient times. With a map and compass, you can stay safe.
If you are planning to wild camp, you might need to build a fire to keep warm and cook your food. Obviously, make sure that the area you plan to build a fire is safe before doing so. Matches are much more reliable than a lighter as long as they don’t get wet, so keep them in a dry bag!
While you are in the wild, a knife can come in really handy for all kinds of purposes. Cutting through thick vegetation or preparing a meal are probably the most likely uses for your knife, but you might also use your knife for making kindling or carrying out repairs.
A Power Pack
If you get stuck or find yourself in danger out in the wild, you don’t want to have a dead battery. As mobile phones don’t seem to have much in the way of battery life, investing in a portable charger could give you the time you need to make the call and get rescued. Even if you don’t ever use it, knowing it is there will give you peace of mind.