Summer is fast approaching and this encourages people to venture out into the wilderness. There is something primeval about being able to live on your own or with a couple of friends, far away from civilization, and with only your wits to rely on. That said, you’ll still need a couple of things to keep the experience both safe and entertaining. But after you’ve packed your essential survival gadgets, how should you fill those extra inches of space in your backpack? Here’s a few suggestions…
Everyone listens to music, but just because you’re taking along your iPad mini it doesn’t mean that everyone else will benefit . However, the BoomBottle speakers are for people who love the outdoors, because they’re waterproof, dust-proof and shock-proof. Measuring around 20 centimeters high, these Bluetooth speakers can provide you with 10 solid hours of music on a single charge and you can connect them to your iPad mini, iPhone or the old iPod for that matter, from 30 feet away. The survival aspect, in case you asked, is linked to its durability, because it can withstand quite a beating.
When you’re out in the wilderness it’s not as if you leave the modern world behind. After all, there could be important emails you want to check or perhaps you need to chat with a few friends who couldn’t make it on the camping trip. The Bluetooth Keyboard is the perfect camping companion because it’s tough, easy to use and connects wirelessly to your iPad in mere seconds.
This is one piece of survival gear I strongly advise that you take along because it’s more than just a fancy GPS gadget. It sports an 8 mp camera, and is extremely rugged. The ‘t’ you see in its name stands for Topo, which means it’s preloaded with numerous topographical maps that include base camps around the world. The touch screen makes it very easy to zoom in on specific features and also flip things around to see exactly where you are in relation to where you want to be.
There can be times when even a well-planned camping trip will turn out to be awful because someone forgot the drinking water, or because there is little drinking water. The Grayl Water Purifier uses a double cup design, with one cup within another. All you need to do is to fill out the outer cup with some water from the river or any other source that you suspect may not be clean, then insert the inner cup which comes with a built-in mesh filter. That’s all there is to it! The 18/8 stainless steel construction ensures ruggedness, making it a must-have item for any camping trip.
SG® Metal Super Slim Power Bank 1200mAh is specially designed with outdoor use in mind. The rugged build quality, coupled with its all-weather functionality, means that you’ll never be left without power. It’s great for emergencies, or when your cell phone needs an extra boost of juice to call someone. It can also power a few lights at night. Always make sure to pack this all-purpose power bank, because you can never have enough power backup, especially if you’re carrying around a bunch of other survival gear.
When you have no access to the grid, then the sun is your only source of power. The SG Sport Solar Panel Charger, packs a 5000mAh battery capable of charging everything from your cell phone to tablets and lights. While solar chargers are a dime a dozen, SG has ensured that everything from the panels to the battery inside is ruggedly constructed with premium-quality materials. Plus the 2.1A output can charge two devices at the same time. The stain-resistant and shock-proof capabilities make it both efficient and ergonomic, and will mean that you never have to regret forgetting to take extra batteries. We strongly suggest that you pack this as part of your essential camping gear, even if you’re taking along another power bank, because you never know when some extra power will come in handy.
The Pocket Chainsaw is the ultimate in survival gear and is a must-have when going camping. Remember, you will need lots of wood for your campfire and you may need to cut through some tough undergrowth to get to a really isolated area. Taking along a regular saw is not always the best option and imagine having to spend hours just to cut up a few pieces of timber. The Pocket Chainsaw is a life-saver because it’s small, light and can saw almost any size or type of wood in mere minutes. This saves you from lots of frustration, not to mention reduces the time it takes to get a great campfire going.
We all need to take a camera along to document our time in the wilderness. After all, how else is anyone going to know that we’ve braved the great outdoors all on our own? A regular camera will not last for long, because they’re not built to withstand lots of wear and tear, so this is where the Fujifilm XP200 comes in. The latest XP200 offers excellent image quality and has wi-fi image transfer, and is built to be rugged, perhaps one of the most rugged cameras out there. It has a 16 mp sensor and dust-proof and waterproof coating. This, coupled with a shockproof body a reinforced lens means, it will take even a 15-meter drop in its stride. Other goodies include 5x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. Plus the wi-fi feature makes transferring all your photos to any mobile device very easy. It’s also small enough to fit in any size backpack or your pants pocket.
So whenever you are thinking about your next trip, think about this list of eight survival gadgets suggestions to take along with you. Being prepared and having the essential items when you need them is always a good idea.