If you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast then listen up. Our shortlist of essential products will not only make your life easier but might just save it. Don’t wait until you’re in a dire situation to be wishing you packed these items. Whether you need warmth or water we’ve got you covered.
1. Thermal Blanket, Liberty Mountain, $15.99
On a more basic level—packing a thermal blanket is a sound survival tool to adopt. This Liberty Mountain Thermal Blanket reflects your body’s heat to keep you warm. Its multi-functioning ability could double as a ground tarp or rain fly. We like where Liberty Mountain’s head is at—the more multi-functioning a product is—the more valuable. And for $16.00 it’s a no-brainer.
2. Yeti 150 Solar Generator, Goal Zero, $229.99
Most of the time we head outdoors to escape the busyness that technology creates. But when you’re in a bind and need an extra charge, the Yeti 150 is a great product to have in your bag. Charge smartphones, cameras, headlamps, tablets, laptops, and more. Practical powering options including a USB port, AC outlet, and carport. The Yeti 150 is a hefty 12 pounds to lug around, so if you’re looking to save on weight be sure to check out Goal Zero’s lighter counterparts for a more practical charge.
3. Weekender First Aid Kit, Adventure Medical, $54.99
Every outdoor enthusiast needs to have an emergency first aid kit with them. The Weekender First Aid Kit is great for a quick weekend camping trip or for a week-long trip in the Rockies. Their trademarked Easy Care organization assists in administering quick medical care when needed. Lightweight, compact, affordable, and all-encompassing. The Weekender allows you to care for everything from burns to a sprain. What are you waiting for?
4. Emergency Freeze Dried Meals, Mountain House, $5.93 – $7.37
Take Mountain House freeze-dried meals anywhere. Each pack is less than 5 ounces and a great source of protein we might add. Mountain House meals are lightweight, tasty, and come in a variety of flavors. Try everything from Pasta Primavera to Rice and Chicken. Preparation is easy—add hot water and enjoy. If you’re still deciding what compact backpacking stove to get check out this Stryker vs. Jetboil article.
5. Pocket Microfilter, Katadyn, $369.95
For our more extreme adventure seekers, the Pocket Microfilter is a life-changing addition to add to your go bag. Get bacteria-free water in a matter of minutes. Katadyn provides a filtration system that you can rely on. Carry around a mere 19 ounces and stay healthy and hydrated for your next 13,000 gallons. This could just be your most valuable investment.
What emergency products would make your top 5 list? Let us know in the comment section below!