Backpacking Essentials: Survival Gear Guide


When you’re in the middle of nowhere and your phone dies, what do you do next? Hopefully you planned ahead and packed the essential gear for safety and survival. Here are some lifesaving tools that could, well for lack of a better term, actually save your life the next time you take a trip.

Essentials

1. Water

  • Water bottle
  • Water treatment

2. Food

  • Extra food
  • Snacks

3. Fire

  • Matches
  • Lighter
  • Flint
  • Waterproof container 

4. Shelter

  • Tent, reflective blankets

5. Navigation

  • Maps
  • Compass

6. Light

  • Headlamp
  • Batteries

7. First-Aid

  • First-aid kit

8. Clothing

  • Warm/cold weather clothing (see clothing below)

9. Sun Gear

  • Hat
  • Glasses
  • Sunscreen

10. Poor Man’s Repair Kit

  • Pocket knife
  • Duct tape

Clothing

Warm Weather

  • Long sleeve t-shirt (to avoid sunburn)
  • Sport t-shirt (wicking material)
  • Wicking shorts/pants
  • Wide brim hat

Cold Weather

  • Hat, beanie
  • Long sleeve t-shirt
  • Gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Pants
  • Poncho

Nice to have

  • Boots
  • Long socks 
  • Meals
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • GPS
  • Wallet (with extra cash)
  • Bear spray
  • Bug spray
  • Sandals
  • Towel
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag/pad
  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Pen
  • Journal
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Plans left with friends back home 



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