When you plan a trip in the wilderness, apart from a tent and a sleeping bag, there are several other pieces of equipment that are a must-have for this type of trip. However, getting a tent that will protect you from wind and rain should be your priority, therefore, make sure you get a tent that is made of high quality, resistant materials because safety should always come first. What’s more, investing in a sleeping bag might be a good idea even if you camp in summer since the nights can get quite cold especially in a mountainous area so you should do all that’s possible to avoid getting sick while camping.
When you go in the wilderness, seeing wild animals might as well be possible so taking some tools with you to protect yourself is one of the priorities as well. In order to protect yourself from animals like bears and mosquitos, you should buy sprays that act as repellents. Another thing to consider would be water filtration in case of emergency as well as several lighters packed in different pockets and in different parts of the backpack so even if you get wet, you might always have one that is reliable. In addition, don’t forget packing a map and a compass in case you get lost since in some secluded areas cell reception might be bad or simply non-existent.
Camping on the wilderness is more dangerous than camping on regular campsites, hence you need to take a first aid kit with you in case of injuries. Some gauze and a couple of bandaids with some antibiotics should be enough. Then again, don’t forget to pack some painkillers as well since they won’t take a lot of space in your backpack anyway and it can’t hurt to have them.
On the other hand, when camping in the wilderness, the most important tool for survival is a knife, but not just any knife. If you are an avid camper and hiker, you might want to get a bushcraft knife that can serve in many different activities outdoors including splitting firewood, cutting notches in poles or for traps and even butchery since there are bushcraft knives made for hunting purposes. However, even these knives that are so convenient for hiking and camping come in different sizes as the thickness and length of blades vary a lot but on the other hand, getting one with a well-shaped, grippy handle is still the right way to go.
Would any kind of a knife be good enough?
Since a knife is one of the most useful tools one might have on a camping trip, most campers strive to find the perfect bushcraft knife but that is impossible since people have their own preferences and bushcrafting industry is big enough that prices vary a lot. However, buying the most expensive knife on the market doesn’t mean that you will get the best product out there. What’s more, it is more convenient to invest in an average bushcraft knife because you won’t mind losing or damaging it.
What’s even more important to pay attention to is the very material a knife is made of. There are plenty of different stainless steel knives between 4-6 inches in blade length of decent quality. The most convenient bushcraft knife for camping and hiking is the one with a fixed blade, not folding with a flat grind and no serrations. However, if you plan on hunting, you might need additional knives for skinning and gutting. On the other hand, if you go for a knife with a carbon blade, you need to protect it from corrosion because just wiping it with a bandana before putting it back into the sheath might not be enough. Make sure you take some olive oil with you so it can serve as an anti-corrosion protection for your knife. This is the cheapest and the easiest way but apart from that, you can use any kind of grease substance, even bacon.
Additionally, you should again think about your safety. Since an ideal bushcraft knife is not the one with a folding blade, you need to find a sheath to carry it around safely on your body. The most appropriate sheath material would be leather since it is durable and thick enough so you won’t accidentally hurt yourself while carrying it around on your belt.
What tools to carry on your keychain?
Keychains are also very convenient since you can get plenty of smaller tools to carry around with you at all times, not only while camping. It might sound silly, but when you go backpacking or camping ultra-light, keychain tools might be the most useful things to have in order to save space in your backpack, especially if you are taking a trip that will last for one or two days.
The most common tool would be a bottle opener in spite of the fact that there are many alternative ways to open a bottle. However, you could always carry around a small folding knife and a lighter as well as a small copper flashlight. If you are going on a camping trip in the wilderness, having one of those small pill containers with water purification tablets as well as a fire striker would be ideal.