The thrill of being on the top of the mountain, climbing the highest hill or scaling the wall of a waterfall that looks like it came out of a magazine can only be the dream of every rugged adventurer.
The ones you see all kitted out in khaki or beige attire, cups and poles hanging from hooks on what seems like the worlds’ largest backpack, and if not an over worn cap on their head then certainly a bandana that multi-tasks as a neck scarf.
If this is sounding like your version of ticking off your bucket list then you have come to the right place. To be the best-prepared version of yourself you need to do your homework and research and be up to date on all matters concerning ‘survival,’ also known as ‘not dying.’
It can certainly be daunting taking on a new adventure, and learning new skills can be what makes or breaks your journey and success rate. For the latest news check out the Survival Gear Reviews And Guide for the latest tech, equipment and professional advice to set you off on the right foot.
Adventures are memories that are priceless, moments in time that will never be forgotten and if for only once in your life, something you need to try to do. There is nothing greater than the fresh, crisp air of snow-topped mountain peaks, the cold hitting your face and filling your lungs and the silence filling the void of the world below.
What are the top survival essentials?
For so many people, who like me that grew up in the city, being comfortable ‘out of our comfort zone’ is key when trying something new. So for me the first item I pack for any trip is toilet paper, this may seem trivial or irrelevant but using leaves is not my cup of tea.
Thankfully there are options available, which my hubby made me aware of as he owns every hunting and outdoor piece of equipment known to man, and it’s environmentally friendly too. Win-win. What’s known as ‘campers’ paper,’ it’s compact, biodegradable, and should be on the top of the packing list.
Other basics like duct tape, matches for sure and a lighter is next to near the top, and what I use even just to go down the corner shop, a flashlight. Preferably one that works with solar and a crank handle you wind. And, without a doubt, a lunchbox am I right?
Then determined by the extremity of the trip you’re embarking on and for the length, simple things like Paracord, thermal blankets and a compass can be packed in where there is a space. Opt for a thermal flask that works for hot and cold liquids, filtration straws and perhaps an ax if otherwise you only have a pocket knife.
And there are certainly some nifty knives out there, all compact and chic but still kitted out, ask my husband, he has two, of course.
For some help on heading in the right direction, take a minute to watch this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABOMeoxa7ik about an outdoorsman and his opinion on what knives should be equipped with to handle all possible outcomes in nature.
5 Reasons why people get lost in the wild.
- Terrain. No matter the years of experience under your belt there is always a surprise around the corner, something unexpected and it isn’t always the big rock you would think. Flat, landmark-less terrain can be more unnerving than you realize.
- Distance. Under-estimating the trail you need to cover whilst carrying the full brochure of equipment on your back can make each step feel heavy, don’t get stuck halfway because your legs are dead weight.
- Short-cuts. There are no such things in nature, which may seem like an easy route can often end up causing more headaches than you need. Stick to the map, the plan, and get back in one piece.
- Dispersing. I don’t know why people think this action is a good idea but it’s not. The more the merrier as the old saying goes and if heaven forbid an accident did occur you would have the support by your side to get you out safely.
- Darkness. Even with every lamp and torch or LED wind up lit, the darkness in Mother Nature can be consuming. You soon lose your way and become disorientated. The best advice is to stay put, set up camp and head out again at first light so you can be sure of your surroundings and your bearings.
You might have taken all the courses, got all the certificates and completed the full practical package, but there is always a chance for something to go wrong. Even with satellites sprinkled in space and GPS tracking marking our every move, we somehow seem to fall off the map?
Yes, walking in the wilderness is relaxing and can help clear your mind from all the stresses that come with the hustle of the 9-5 train, but don’t become so blaze that you lose focus. No amount of therapy is going to save you from that snake bite that you didn’t see come across your path.
Keep vigilant and be aware of your surroundings at all times, Mother Nature does her own thing on her own time. Enjoy the outdoors for all its worth, and keep safe on your adventure.