When you’re going camping out in the wilderness it’s absolutely essential that you have exactly the right gear or you risk being left stranded in the wilderness without a hope. Many famous survival experts always carry a checklist of things they’ll need so that they can prepare properly for any given situation. Because there are a huge number of possible environments you might end up in (you can check out some of the cool camping possibilities on Visit Wales’ new site), it’s worth having a staple list of things that you think will help you almost anywhere should you find yourself stuck. Below is a suggested checklist of items that you should think about taking with you on a camping trip.
Of course food is at the top of the list. However, choosing the right food to take with you is more difficult that you might think. The best sorts of food that can sustain energies are carbohydrates, but you’ll also need to take some protein-based foods to keep your muscles strong.
Take plenty of water with you at least for the duration of your trip. When this runs out it’s going to be difficult to find safe water to drink, so taking some water purification tablets is an excellent idea. If you find water and don’t have any purification tablets then try boiling it through by lighting a fire with item 6 on this list.
3. Notepad and Pen
You might not think that this is an essential item, but a notepad and pen will become your best friend if you’re out on your own in the middle of nowhere. Having something to write with and something to write will save you from solitude.
4. Utility Knife
This is a no-brainer. A utility Knife will help you avoid frustrating situations in which you’ll wish you had one. The Swiss Army Knife is great for almost everything. Depending on which model you opt for you can expect to find tools like blades, tweezers, saws, chisels, scissors and even a fish scaler.
5. Wind-Up Torch
There are few human fears that run as deep as darkness. Since we were living in caves the night has been one of our worst enemies. We’re used to the luxury of street lighting in the modern age, so when you’re plunged into blackness with no light whatsoever it can be daunting. Bring a wind up torch to light your way.
6. Flint and Steel
Fire can boil your water, cook your food and warm you in the cold. The only problem is that starting a fire is usually a difficult task at the best of times. One way to get your kindling alight is to start by using a flint and steel. One or two strikes should send hot sparks into the centre of your kindling and get it burning quickly.
Is there anything you would add to this list? Is there something you take with you and couldn’t do without that we haven’t included? Let us know in the comments!