When fall arrives – which some love to call autumn – there is one thing that many people in the United States think about… outdoor fun activities. The temperatures and humidity are more forgiving during this season, which runs between September and November in most states. Whether you are thinking of hiking in the Grand Canyon, AZ, or camping in the Yosemite National Park, California, one thing is true as far as outdoor adventures are concerned. They are best enjoyed in the company of others and with the right gear for survival. Regardless of where your next outdoor adventure is taking you, here are a few essential gear items you should know about (and get).
The Ideal Backpack
Backpacks are very popular nowadays; they have gotten a name for themselves… backpacking. Whether you are just traveling, going hiking, camping, hunting, or just running your errands, a backpack provides an all-rounded solution for your carrying needs. Specifically, most people consider tactical backpacks a must-have when embarking on outdoor adventures. In one of his recent survival gear reviews at BestSurvival.org, Scott says that the popularity of tactical backpacks is in part due to factors like size, practicality, unique features, and appearance. The best part is that there are several options to choose from based on your specific needs when going for an outdoor adventure.
First Aid Kit
You realize that when you get a new car, among the first things that the vehicle should have even before it hits the road is a first aid kit. Why? Accidents happen. When on an epic outdoor adventure, it is not any different. Your chances of tripping, falling, getting bruises, and getting headaches are literally higher. Let not the bee stings, muscle aches, and sprains go unmentioned because they are bound to happen.
Once you get one, ensure that your first aid kit has a disinfectant, bandage, painkillers, scissors, medical tape, thread and needle blister care, and safety pins.
Sun Protection Gear
The thought of going on an outdoor adventure is sometimes so exciting, enough to forget your skincare needs. The last thing you need after your adventure is dealing with harsh skin reactions or infections. Needless to mention, exposing your skin to too much UV exposure can be dangerous to your skin. No matter the weather, always ensure that you apply a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Additionally, putting on appropriate sun protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts, quality sunglasses, lip care, and a hat to cover your head is essential. Such adventures call for shorts and vests due to sweating but consider the skincare procedure.
While on an adventure, even if it is for a day, remember that anything can happen. Outdoor adventures can be unpredictable and for you to be on the safe side, pack a fire starter. You can get stuck in a situation where you will need a lighter like you need your breath. Waterproof matches and keychain fire strikers should not miss in your bags. They should be among the first items you pack. Consider emergency flares, windproof lighters, and tinder kits. After all, why miss the taste of game meat just because you forgot to pack your lighter?
Let us face it. Outdoor adventures are best when you spend the night lighting bonfires, roasting marshmallows, and resting in sleeping bags. We sometimes leave intending to come back, but nature slaps you with so much fun that you stay out for a night or two. On that note, always pack an emergency blanket or a sleeping bag. They come in different sizes, types, and weights. You can seek advice on which one is the best suit for you. In line with this, it is essential for you to have a shelter. You can choose to carry a lightweight tarp to use it as a shelter in case there is rain or too much shine.
Cave adventures are scary, and we sometimes miss out on the treasures of such outdoor activities because we did not have a source of light to see what is hidden in those caves. Headlights are best because they free your hands so you can do other activities. Always go for quality when shopping for a headlight. Its services cannot be equated to the price you pay for it. Just go out of your way to have a headlamp that will sustain you for the longest time.
Outdoor adventures are a great way to get away from your normal routine, relax, and unwind while bonding with nature. However, they are more fun if you come armed with the right gear for convenience, comfort, and survival. The above are just a few of the essential gear you need to include in your checklist for your next adventure outdoors.