Getting away for even a short camping trek is an efficient way to beat the strain of our day-to-day lives and experience the beauty and bounty of nature. The word camping is reminiscent of green and dense woods, campfires, bushcraft, hiking, canoeing and youth adventures. Still, analysing it, every part mentioned above could be dodgy.
You might easily get yourself in trouble, or at the very least, these activities seem to have the prospects of causing it. Therefore, you must do adequate research before quickly jumping right into the lap of Mother Nature, for she can, infrequently, be brutal too!
You must prepare well and supplied to prevent minor scrapes from turning into serious wounds. Here’s a list of all things you’ve got to pack in your bag before you start on a venturesome trip:
First Aid Kit: We have all been educated about its utility since kindergarten and know its importance too. But still, the poor thing is sometimes forgotten, neglected or deemed insignificant. The first aid kit is something you may need anywhere and anytime, especially in the badlands. You should buy a pre-packaged kit or make one of your own. Make certain to include Band-Aids, bandages, hand sanitiser, mosquito repellants, painkillers such as Aspirin, disinfectant cream, burn salve, an athletic tape, tweezers, a thermometer and a pair of scissors.
Pocket Knife: A knife is the most functional and versatile apparatus on an excursion. It can get you food, free your trapped leg, collect firewood and even save your life! The permutations of using this great hardware are endless, and it occupies a nominal space in your pocket.
Lighter: Once in the woods, you will certainly realise that fire remains the best human discovery of all time. But if you thought of carrying matches along, then think again. That small box of fire starters is useless if it becomes wet (striking stones is a primitive technique, and it is extremely difficult to start a fire with them). Don’t forget to carry a lighter along. It is sturdy and essential.
Warm Clothing: Remember to keep some warm clothes irrespective of what time of year it is. Mother Nature is not fussy and can send rain, thunderstorms or snow down your way.
Flashlight: There is little worse than getting lost in the woods, and that, coupled with darkness, is the ideal recipe for a dangerous mishap. Don’t forget to carry a flashlight or wear a headlight. These will help you make your way through the forest or get rediscovered by your group, and they can also send signals to the people who may be keeping an eye open for you.