If you have a love of the great outdoors, than you already have a real respect for how very unexpected it can be. Whether you are a fan of wilderness survival or you simply want to be prepared should the worst come to pass, one of the first things that you need to address is your outdoor survival gear. In terms of both safety and survival, having the appropriate gear can make all the difference, and a little bit of preparation will go a very long way. Take a look below for some of the basic gear that you will need when you head out into the wilderness.
The first thing to think about are the bare necessities, that is, your backpacking gear. Your backpacking gear needs to be lightweight and able to withstand a lot of abuse. Reliability is important, so take some time to research the best backpacking gear available and then buy the best set that you can afford. This is not an area where you can expect to find a lot of bargains, so be prepared to lay out good money for good gear.
Your tent needs to be strong, lightweight and comfortable, and it should be very simple to pitch. Before you leave on your trip try pitching it a few times in various different situations that you might encounter on your trip. This is not something you want to learn when you are in more hurried situation! Take good care of your tent and it will take care of you. Hang it out before your trip, treat your zippers well as they are a main point of weakness and dry the poles and pegs thoroughly after use.
The type of sleeping bag you get will depend on your personal preference and the situation that you are going into. Mummy sleeping bags are top rated for warmth, weight efficiency and general use. They are wider at the top and come to a narrower bottom, eliminating empty air that can get cold, while rectangular bags are more comfortable due to their more roomy nature. If you are doing fall or winter camping, remember to get a sleeping bag with a hood that zips closed to preserve body heat.
Your backpack, what you will be using to carry all of your gear is also extremely important. There are daypacks, which don't have a great deal of room, but are excellent for very short trips, external frames and internal frame styles. External frames have a lot of space to lash things to, and they will carry the pack a little off of your body to supply you with more ventilation, while internal frames have less space, but provide you with a lower center of gravity, making it perfect for hikers and people spending time in the mountains.
Remember that a basic wilderness first aid kid is essential. Make sure that it contains a manual that is easy to understand and use as well as bandages that are suitable for blisters, wounds and sprains. Similarly, remember to pack your painkillers, antiseptics, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescriptions in waterproof container. Similarly make sure that any medications you carry are up to date. Basic first aid tools include tweezers and a sharp razor blade.
Taking off into the wilderness can be exhilarating, but remember to be prepared!