The scout’s motto of always being prepared should be one that everyone adopts when they decide to go outdoors for long periods. Here are a few things that should always be packed in case of emergencies.
A Ferro Rod
A ferro rod sounds like something out of ‘Lord of the Rings,’ but it is an essential piece of survival equipment for starting a fire onto kindling with a spark. This piece of equipment should be kept in a safe place because of its importance. Fire is essential for heat, cooking, boiling water, and keeping animals away.
A tarp has so many different uses that they are impossible to list here. It can be used as an emergency shelter, blanket, rain protection, groundsheet, water container, and liner. A good quality tarp with plenty of holes and a rope will make it much more useful.
A rope is multi-purpose and can be used to make shelters, tie-down tarps, and climb in dangerous areas. It can be used to create traps and even to make rafts in emergency situations. A strong rope with plenty of length is an essential piece of camping equipment.
Trash bags may seem like a little bit of a silly thing to be listed here, but they also have several uses. Trash bags can be used to carry items such as water and food. They can be made into an emergency poncho and can be stuffed with leaves to create a mattress or blanket for sleeping.
Don’t leave home without a knife capable of cutting all kinds of things in nature. A knife should be durable, reliable, and be sharpened easily. It should be capable of cutting small branches and trees for shelters. It should be able to cut meat and any other foods for cooking. They can also be made into spears and weapons when animals are present and for catching fish.
A First Aid Kit
A first aid kit with plenty of bandages, medicines, medical equipment, and anything essential to life will be a valuable addition to survival gear. A first aid kit also has specialized equipment that can be used for other purposes. For example, a small magnifying glass can be used to make a fire.
An emergency beacon, phone, GPS, compass, and other communication equipment should be part of any trip outdoors.
These essential pieces of outdoor equipment will prepare you for uncertain changes in nature and disasters such as cold conditions, storms, fires, and many other situations.