Are you planning a trip to the wilderness and want to know what essentials you should take with you? This blog post will discuss some of the things that we think are essential for anyone venturing out into the wild. We hope this list is helpful and wish you well on your adventure!
Food is a necessity for anyone venturing into the wilderness. This includes food that you have packed as well as any fishing or hunting equipment that you might be bringing along with you to capture some native wildlife. In addition, if there are rivers and lakes near where your adventure will take place, it would be wise to bring fish hooks/bait and a net in case this becomes available instead of having to rely on what you brought from home. Whatever method of providing sustenance works best for each individual should always be used!
2) Medicine Kit
A first aid kit is a must for even the most experienced adventurer. It should include items such as bandages, gauze pads (for cleaning wounds), ointment (i.e., Neosporin or antibiotic cream like polysporin), antiseptic wipes/gels, pain relievers, and anti-itch medication, tweezers to pull out stingers. Gloves in case you need to examine someone else’s wound without having your skin come into contact with their blood or secretions (important especially if they are sick), etc., scissors, medical tape to help keep your dressings secure. Sunblock – depending on where you’re going, make sure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Insect repellent, a thermometer, and finally, if you are especially prone to getting blisters (or know someone in your party who is), bring moleskin and Band-Aids specifically designed for blisters.
3) A Sleeping Bag
A sleeping bag is a fundamental must for any trip into the wilderness. While you might be able to use standard bedding if there will only be one or two of you. This must include an adequate sleeping pad (we like Thermarest and Sea To Summit brands.) And depending on where your adventure takes place – either a lightweight tent designed to keep out insects but allow for ventilation. Or mosquito netting in addition to regular bedding, etc., make sure you bring everything needed to ensure quality sleep, especially after hard days exploring!
4) Suitable Shoes
This one is pretty self-explanatory – you don’t want to be traveling in the wilderness in shoes that are ill-suited for the terrain. If you’re going on a hike, make sure your shoes have good grip, and if there might be water crossings, then waterproofing is definitely something to look for too. Finally, investing in a good-quality pair of boots is essential (again, we like brands such as Merrell, North Face, Columbia, and Keen).
5) A Weather Coat
Depending on the time of year and where you’re going, a weather coat is an important item to have in your backpack. It will keep you warm in cold climates, while it can help protect against the sun’s harsh rays in tropical climates. Make sure whatever jacket or coat you bring is made from a breathable fabric such as Gore-Tex so that you don’t end up feeling too sweaty and uncomfortable when wearing it for extended periods of time.
A multi-tool is a compact device that has multiple functions. It can be used for opening bottles, sawing branches/wood, and hanging up your backpack like a clothesline, etc., and makes an excellent addition to any wilderness kit! They tend to come with different options depending on the brand you get (Leatherman is a great way to go), but anything will do as long as it has what you need.
7) A Water Bottle
A water bottle is a must-have for any adventurer – make sure it’s something that you’re comfortable carrying with you on long hikes. If you’re spending time in areas where there might not be potable water sources, then bringing along a water filter or purification tablets is also a good idea.
8) A Flashlight
There’s nothing like feeling your way around in the dark, and a flashlight is perfect for this. Though it might be wise to purchase one that has multiple modes (you can use red lights, which will not ruin your night vision), make sure you bring extra batteries and, if possible, spare bulbs too!
9) A Durable Backpack
A durable backpack is essential for carrying your wilderness essentials. Look for something that has plenty of features, such as multiple pockets and straps to help you keep everything organized. The best material will be one that’s weatherproof, so it keeps out rain/snow, etc., but still allows ventilation – look for brands like Columbia or Oakley, which have a good reputation when it comes to quality backpacks!
10) Transporting Your Essentials
Depending on what mode of transport you’ll be using to get to your wilderness destination, there are a few things that will need to be considered. If traveling by car, then packing everything in a waterproof container is ideal – this can come in the form of a duffle bag or backpack with a built-in rain cover. Alternatively, if flying and taking your camping gear with you, make sure it’s all packed in sturdy cardboard boxes, which will protect it from any damage during transit. Click here to learn more about getting suitable transportation for all your family’s adventures.
Sunscreen is an absolute must when traveling in the wilderness – even on overcast days, the sun’s rays can do some severe damage to your skin. Make sure you bring a sunscreen that has both UVA and UVB protection and is water-resistant, so it doesn’t wear off when you’re sweating. A hat with a wide brim is also a good idea for extra sun protection.
In conclusion, these are just a few of the essentials you’ll need when traveling in the wilderness. By ensuring that you have all of the necessary items, you’ll be able to focus on enjoying your adventure without worrying about what might happen if something goes wrong. Happy trails!