Flashlight, Headlamps and Lanterns: It gets dark in the woods, so you need something that can help you see in the dark. A headlamp is one of the most viable sources to choose in the wilderness as they facilitate hand-free operations, and are portable to carry because they are lightweight, small, and have a long battery life. Packable lanterns and flashlights are also valuable. Flashlights usually have powerful beams that are helpful in emergencies.
Fire & Matches: Carrying mechanical lighters, fire rods or other devices that can create a spark is convenient, but carrying matches as a backup is always beneficial. However, the low-cost matches available in convenience stores are unreliable in the wilderness with the uncertainty of the weather they can degrade quickly. So, it is better not to count on them. Fire-starter, as the name implicates, helps to instantly start a fire. The one that ignites swiftly and sustains heat for some seconds is an ideal fire-starter.
Priming paste, candles, clusters of chipped woods soaked in the resin are also some popular easily available fire-starters.
Pocket Knife and Multi-tools: A pocket knife with at least 1-fold out blade or multi-tools with 1 or 2 flathead screwdrivers, these will be helpful for the purpose of gear repair, preparation of food and for first aid or other emergency situations.
Map & Compass (navigation): Relying only on your phone’s GPS is not a good option while you are camping. There can be good a chance you will not get cell phone service in the woods. In such situation, carrying a paper map or traditional compass is a preeminent backup. A compass and a paper map weighs almost next to nothing and does not depend on batteries. It is very easy to get a paper map, you can find one online and can take a print out.
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