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Survival Knives – A Useful Tool

knife1When camping, a survival knife is essential. It can serve many important purposes. Depending on the type of knife you get, you can use it to cut wood or slice through rope or even to clear brush out of your way.

There are a lot of different kinds of survival knives and the best way to select the right one for you will depend on the purpose you intend to use the knife for. There are three main types of knife to consider: the fixed blade knife, the folding blade knife (which is often referred to as a pocket knife), and the multi-tool survival knife. Each knife has many benefits that make it a great knife to own.knife2

The fixed blade knife is usually sturdier than the folding blade or the multi-tool knife but may not be as easy to carry and conceal as the other types. Most have a sheath that attaches to a belt to make it easier to carry.

The folding blade knife is concealed within the handle. While it’s easier to carry and conceal, it can’t be used for the same purposes as a fixed blade knife, as it has a shorter blade, and won’t be as strong as a fixed blade knife If the spring mechanism fails to open, you could end up without a blade.

The multi-tool survival knife is a favorite among wild campers. This knife features other attachments that make it easy to use in a variety of circumstances. Tools that you might find on this knife include: scissors, pliers, a screwdriver, a bottle opener, a wire-stripper, and a can opener. Some companies manufacture multi-tool knives that are geared toward a specific activity like hunting. The blade of your knife can be made with a variety of materials including stainless steel, ceramic, and carbon steel. Each material has advantages and disadvantages.

Ceramic blades are tough, but also fragile. They make good knives for basic tasks like cleaning a fish but they will break easily if dropped against a rock or other hard surface. For this reason, it’s suggested that you use your ceramic knife as a backup to a heavy duty knife made of steel.

Remember, in some jurisdictions, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon!

What Goes Into A First Aid Kit?

photo-1465508372103-60fc5e6df917You need to look specifically for a camping first aid kit or put your own together. These aren’t the same as a regular first aid kit meant for urban living and scraped knees. Get a sturdy bag like a hard shell case or a backpack kept specifically for your first aid supplies.

The first thing you need to include is a first aid manual. Even if you know all about first aid, you might end up as the casualty and it will help someone else treat you.first-aid-1732582_1920

You will need a range of bandages in different sizes, and absorbent gauze pads, also in a range of sizes: and burn dressings. You could include butterfly strips but you can also make these from medical tape, so include that. Ace bandages can be used for sprains and to fasten a splint or a sling if needed. Band aids are useful for small cuts or scrapes.

first-aid-kit-62643_1920You will also need cotton swabs to clean any wounds and you may find it useful to pack a bottle of sterile water or antiseptic liquid or cream to prevent infection. Sterile water can also be used for irrigating the eye if anyone gets something in it. You will need scissors, tweezers for removing splinters and also a needle for those splinters that are too small for tweezers to get out.

Have a supply of gloves on hand to use while you’re performing treatment.

A flashlight would be useful, to see what you’re doing after dark. If you have children along with you, you might want a thermometer in case anyone runs a fever and appropriate medication to treat it. An ice pack would be useful to help with swelling injuries. You could also include antibiotic ointments and even allergic reaction tablets if you are going to an area distant from your usual home, since you will be in areas where you and your family may not have been exposed to the allergens. Pack the liquid kind if you have children who can’t swallow pills yet.

If you’ll be out in the woods you might encounter snakes. So take a snakebite kit. It’s a good idea to investigate the area you’ll be staying in to see what dangers you might encounter so that your kit can be built specifically for those issues, for instance, calamine lotion might be useful in case of light contact with poison ivy.

Make sure you have your health insurance details with you in case something happens that needs urgent medical attention.

Top 5 Camping Gadgets

photo-1477512076069-d31eb021716fCamping out can be so much more pleasant and safer if you have gadgets that can help. Once you have the necessities for camping, it’s perfectly fine to begin upgrading your kit with items that make life more convenient or that contribute to your safety and need for food, water and shelter.  While there are many modern gadgets available there are five that no one should be without unless you want to want to live on the edge.

How long does your cell phone battery last without charging? Most phones these days have so many applications working on them that they need to be charged every 24 hours. If you are not on a campsite, that can be difficult to arrange. A solar powered charger for your cell phone and your radio will help ensure that you can call for help, or check on changing weather conditions if you need to. There are 3-in-1 gadgets available that mean you can charge your cell phone, have a radio and a flashlight all contained one easy to carry gadget.photo-1477544437652-fdfbf813e056-1

Collecting wood for a fire can take time and if it’s wet, it can be hard to light. You also need a lot of wood for cooking. Portable solar cookers are great gadgets to have. They set up anywhere and provide a method for you to cook on instantly. It means you can also boil water for safe drinking supplies. At extra bonus is that you can use this at home too when the power’s gone out. Of course, you have to be camping (or living) in an area with sufficient light to recharge the solar battery!

Another way of purifying your water without having to boil it or use pills is to use a UV water purification wand. These tools look like wands and purify your water in just under a minute.

If you are camping away from a camping site, then a flint and knife bracelet is the perfect pairing, if you want to build your own fire and not lug solar chargers with you. It’s a little corded bracelet that fits around your wrist and gives you immediate access to a fire starter and a sharp knife right away.

A tent hammock is another gadget can improve your comfort levels. Not only do you get protection from outside intruders like mosquitoes, but you’re lifted off the ground to protect you from water or land animals.

There are so many gadgets that can be used to make camping more comfortable, if you have the space to carry them. There are containers that create power from any form of liquid, clothes that repel bugs just based on the materials they’re made from, and solar backpacks that have a solar panel soaking up the sun while you trek around so that you can use the energy it absorbs later – these can also be used when commuting for power on the go.

Once all of your basic needs are met you could look at cool gadgets that can make your camping experience more comfortable.

 

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