Like everything else on we write about on Wellbeck.com, when we get right down to the very basics for staying safe, it’s about being prepared and having tools or gear on your person at all times that could mean the difference between life or sadly…death.
Ok, we can understand that it may feel like overkill to grab an entire survival bag when you’re just taking a leisurely hike through a populated park. But it’s so easy to assemble and grab a small bag that has a couple of basic tools in it that could make an enormous difference to your situation if something unexpected happens that we see no reason not too!
Tips for Staying Safe Outdoors: Have The Right Gear (On You At All Times)
Do a quick search on Amazon for multi-tool or survival knife and you’ll be treated with thousands of options. What made me stop and pause was the BlizeTec Rescue Survival Knife: Best 5-in-1 Tactical Pocket Folding Knife with LED Light, Seatbelt Cutter, Glass Breaker & Magnesium Fire Starter.
It folds up for compact space, has a light, a serrated edge and a fire starter. It also had, at the time I bought it, over 115 reviews that were 5 star and that always speaks volumes to me.
They are made out of paracord and if someone find themselves in a sticky situation, they can take them apart and use the several parts of the bracelet to perform life saving techniques.
I personally own The Friendly Swede Adjustable Premium Paracord Bracelet with Fire Starter and Sharp Eye Knife. I like the idea of the fire starter on my person as extra backup whenever I’m outdoors. A fire in an emergency situation means everything. Warmth, water purification, and a way to signal for help.
We recommend grabbing water in something a but sturdier so that should you find yourself in a situation that calls for drastic measures, you can extend it’s use to help your situation.
Boiling water you find outdoors is a fantastic way to purify it and ensure your health. If you have a canteen or water vessel that you can boil water in, you’re already one step ahead in survival mode.
Check out the Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth Bottle with Stainless Loop Cap. The cap can be removed and according to the reviews and Q&A section, people have successfully boiled water in it without issue.
The last item we would also include as an outdoor essential safety item (although two of the items we mentioned above both have fire starters as part of them) is waterproof matches or a fire starter system. A fire starting system is another piece of gear that is so easy to tuck in your pocket and it’s essential to outdoor safety!