Backpacks play a very important role in any camper’s life because they usually carry the things that they will need for their camping expedition, including survival items. This is especially for those that are going on hiking camping trips. People that go to campsites with cars can carry a wide variety of things such as gas stoves, heaters, and bulky cooking equipment, among other things. This isn’t possible with hikers since the items would be too heavy and bulky. In this camping survival kit article, we are going to take a look at the survival items that should be in your backpack.
First Aid Kit
This is an important part of the trip, and especially if you intend to be out camping for more than a day. Some of the things in the first aid kit should be bandages, antibacterial creams, sterilized tissues, pain killers, and personal medication.
This is yet another important item to carry on your camping trip, and it should preferably be in aluminum or some other lightweight material. Make sure that they are durable so that when things like falls happen, they are still intact.
Water Purification Tablets
These are important because the water out there could contain dangerous elements, and especially if it is river, borehole, rain, or lake water. Unless you’re at very high altitudes where the risk of water contamination is low, you should avoid drinking water from nature. You could also carry water filtration systems.
Maps and Compasses
You need to familiarize yourself with using maps and compasses and ensure that they are packed. When you’re lost, they could play a vital role in getting you back to the starting point of your hike.
Remember ‘The rule of three’ when it comes to shelter, which refers to not staying exposed to harsh weather conditions for more than 3 hours, not staying longer than three days without drinking water, and not going for three weeks without food. Ensure that you have a dry shelter with enough water and food.
Ropes or Cords
This could be important for several things such as manipulating shelters.
This is important in protecting you from harsh weather conditions, bringing comfort and warmth. They should be used no matter the type of accommodation, van, tent, open-air, etc.
Always ensure that you carry warm clothing even if it is the middle of the summer. These should include gloves, socks hats, underwear, pants, and waterproof jackets.
Emerald Ash Borer
Hiking and camping are all about enjoying nature, which includes flora and fauna. There are however some species of plants and animals that are being threatened by extinction. The ash tree is one such plant, with the Emerald Ash Borer threatening the existence of the tree. The beetle eats into the trunk of the tree and deposits its larvae there to develop. This action prevents water from efficiently being supplied to the tree, leading to the death of the tree. The US government has spent more than $120 billion yearly trying to find a solution to the menace in more than 20 states across the country. There is a cure whereby treatment is administered every two years without fail. The only other solution is cutting the trees and planting other species that aren’t affected by the beetle.
Above we have mentioned some of the basic survival things that should be in your backpack the next time you’re out there. There are many more, which we will take a look at another day.