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Safety First: Putting Together A Survival Kit For Your

Next Outdoor Adventure

Article Contributed By Sally Writes RV camping and hiking continues to be vastly popular activities in the US, but while these pastimes can be beneficial for well-being, they may also put you in potentially dangerous situations if you’re unprepared. Such is the case for a man who went missing on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 while camping with his family in Alpine County, California. NBC affiliate KHQ reports that the man decided to go on a hike by himself, carrying only a lighter with him. When he failed to return to the campsite, his family alerted the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office and a search and rescue mission was initiated. He was found uninjured the next day. While the unnamed camper was lucky to get out of the woods unscathed, some day hikers and campers who have been in the same situation have not been as lucky as some starved, got severely ill, and dehydrated. Some even perished while trying to cope with the harsh conditions of being out in the wild. This is why putting together a survival kit for your next outdoor adventure matters, so you can survive whatever challenges nature throws at you. Pack the essentials In a study which analyzed the behavior of people who survived after getting lost in the wilderness, majority of them said that having a source of warmth, as well as having food and water were essential to their survival. Before leaving your campsite to go exploring in the woods, make sure to wear warm clothes or have some in your backpack. Pop an extra large garbage bag in your pack too-- it can help you stay dry in case of a downpour. You should also bring a lighter and matches so you can start a fire to keep you warm and ward off any predators in case you get lost. A fixed blade knife is also important to have so you can construct an emergency shelter, slice up roots and tubers, or gut fish. While you may be able to hunt or forage for food in the woods, it wouldn’t hurt to add a few energy bars to your pack, along with a water bottle and some water purifying tablets or a portable filter. Once you’ve got all the things that you need to stay warm, hydrated, and fed, you can add a few more items to ensure your safety. Have survival items on hand Even if you plan on going for just a short hike, it always pays to have a first aid kit with you so you can immediately tend to injuries. Nylon string is also another item that you should have in your pack so you can make a fishing line, tie bundles of firewood together, and secure your shelter, among others. A flashlight should also go in your pack so you can follow the right trail back to the campsite once it gets dark. Find your way back Relying on a GPS or your phone may not be enough to find your way back, so having a map and a compass is a must before venturing out of the campsite. If you’re an avid hiker, you may want to invest in a personal locater beacon so people can easily find you if you get lost on a solo hike. Having a plastic whistle on a cord around your neck also allows you to signal for help in case you lose your voice or get sick while you’re out in the woods. Being well prepared can make a huge difference if ever you get lost while on a camping trip. Don’t leave anything to chance and make sure to have the essentials with you to survive the great outdoors.
Safety First: Putting Together A Survival Kit For Your Next Outdoor Adventure
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Safety First: Putting Together A Survival Kit

For Your Next Outdoor

Adventure

Article Contributed By Sally Writes RV camping and hiking continues to be vastly popular activities in the US, but while these pastimes can be beneficial for well-being, they may also put you in potentially dangerous situations if you’re unprepared. Such is the case for a man who went missing on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 while camping with his family in Alpine County, California. NBC affiliate KHQ reports that the man decided to go on a hike by himself, carrying only a lighter with him. When he failed to return to the campsite, his family alerted the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office and a search and rescue mission was initiated. He was found uninjured the next day. While the unnamed camper was lucky to get out of the woods unscathed, some day hikers and campers who have been in the same situation have not been as lucky as some starved, got severely ill, and dehydrated. Some even perished while trying to cope with the harsh conditions of being out in the wild. This is why putting together a survival kit for your next outdoor adventure matters, so you can survive whatever challenges nature throws at you. Pack the essentials In a study which analyzed the behavior of people who survived after getting lost in the wilderness, majority of them said that having a source of warmth, as well as having food and water were essential to their survival. Before leaving your campsite to go exploring in the woods, make sure to wear warm clothes or have some in your backpack. Pop an extra large garbage bag in your pack too-- it can help you stay dry in case of a downpour. You should also bring a lighter and matches so you can start a fire to keep you warm and ward off any predators in case you get lost. A fixed blade knife is also important to have so you can construct an emergency shelter, slice up roots and tubers, or gut fish. While you may be able to hunt or forage for food in the woods, it wouldn’t hurt to add a few energy bars to your pack, along with a water bottle and some water purifying tablets or a portable filter. Once you’ve got all the things that you need to stay warm, hydrated, and fed, you can add a few more items to ensure your safety. Have survival items on hand Even if you plan on going for just a short hike, it always pays to have a first aid kit with you so you can immediately tend to injuries. Nylon string is also another item that you should have in your pack so you can make a fishing line, tie bundles of firewood together, and secure your shelter, among others. A flashlight should also go in your pack so you can follow the right trail back to the campsite once it gets dark. Find your way back Relying on a GPS or your phone may not be enough to find your way back, so having a map and a compass is a must before venturing out of the campsite. If you’re an avid hiker, you may want to invest in a personal locater beacon so people can easily find you if you get lost on a solo hike. Having a plastic whistle on a cord around your neck also allows you to signal for help in case you lose your voice or get sick while you’re out in the woods. Being well prepared can make a huge difference if ever you get lost while on a camping trip. Don’t leave anything to chance and make sure to have the essentials with you to survive the great outdoors.
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