Whether you are a hard-core hunter, a casual camper or somewhere in between, the following are some of the most important items you should have on your list for your next outing. These items provide regular functions, emergency functions, and practical functions, making these crucial items to have in your camping or hunting pack.
Great for hikers too, these items are lightweight and take up minimal room, which is perfect for carrying everything you need in a lightweight pack.
The following gear are must-haves for any outdoors person who loves to hunt or camp:
• Rocky Bear Claw 800 gram Thinsulate Insulated Waterproof Hunting Boots. These hunting boots are durable, lightweight, insulated for extreme temperatures, waterproofed, camouflaged, and provide a medium-high fit to prevent rolling over ankles and spraining something while walking over tough terrain. These boots are perfect for a hunt that requires stealth and being light on your feet, and all without worrying about moisture getting inside your boots or becoming cold in the early mornings.
The soles are 3D welt construction for rugged endurance on uneven terrain. The cushioned foot bed reduces stress and the padded tongue and collar offers a snug fit. The rear pull-on loops provide easy on and off. These lightweight, sturdy boots are a must-have for any serious hunter or camper.
• Marine Force Recon 16” Survival Knife. Whether you are just camping or pleasure or doing some serious hunting, it is always important to carry a survival knife. This corrosion-resistant, long-clip 11 1/2″ coated AUS-6 stainless steel blade is an excellent survival knife to bring with you.
This multi-purpose knife has an over-molded rubber handle for an excellent grip, a durable nylon sheath with snap closure, and offers a sawback, a sharp tip, a sharp blade, and beveled ridges for sawing. Another type of tool you’ll want to carry is a really good rifle scope.
• 10-in-1 Safety Survival Kit LED Flashlight Compass Flint Whistle Black. This multi-purpose tool is excellent for providing a number of emergency needs while not carrying extra bulk. This survival tool features a solid plastic housing as to store all of the equipment within the compartment of the flashlight. Containing a compass, 2 rulers, a small steel mirror, and LED flashlight, this gadget can help if you get turned around in the woods or need to keep on track with good, old-fashioned hiking.
The magnesium fuel block and a flint are included for easy fire-building. If you end up being outside longer than you anticipated, you cannot always rely on a lighter or rubbing sticks together to provide a fire when you are in need. This tool also contains a whistle for long-range attention, and includes instructions on how to make an SOS signal and an alpine rescue signal if ever in need. It can be strapped to a hiking pack or on your person using the strap it comes with or you can carry this small but diverse gadget inside a pack.
• Sawyer PointONE All-in-One Water Filter. This water purifier is an extremely important and lightweight item that you will never regret purchasing and bringing with you during outings that are away from people and clean drinking water. As the adage goes, hope for the best, prepare for the worst. This light-weight filter can be, quite literally, a lifesaver. This filter from Sawyer can yield up to 540 gallons of clean water per day from any water source using the built-your-own gravity system.
If you find yourself needing to drink from a stream or standing water, this 32-fl. oz. water pouch is a lifeline. The small parts install quickly and easily, fits threads on most water bottles, has a faucet adapter for home use, includes bucket adapter, filter cleaner, filter hanger, and 2 pop-up drinking spouts.
This American-made squeeze filter fills most regular water bottles in just 20 seconds. If you use this pouch to collect water from a stream, the hollow fiber removes 9% of all bacteria such as cholera, salmonella, and E. coli, and the water filter allows you to fill up the pouch and pour the filtered and now-purified water into your mouth or water bottle.
It also removes the same percentage of all protozoa such as giardia and cryptosporidium. This puts high-volume potable water in the palm of your hand. The cartridge life is an incredible 1,000,000 gallons of water. This is a must for survival and emergency preparedness.
Whether you love to camp casually or deep in the woods, or hunt your local wildlife during hunting seasons, it is important to always include some of the basic but very important survival gear that holds many functions without taking up much space or adding weight.
These items can be used during your outdoor activities and/or during emergencies when you have found yourself in a tough spot, potentially without clean water, having to make your own fire, and in the dark. It is crucial to keep your feet warm and dry, have the ability to filter water, have a multi-tool emergency kit, and have a multi-functional hunting knife for any needs that arise.