Top-rated survival gear and equipment can also be your go-to camping gear.
What is most important when choosing camping gear?
There are many things to consider when choosing the right camping gear. From the price, reviews, and weight to durability, design and how useful the camping gear is. In front of all of these different aspects pertaining to wilderness survival gear and equipment, it is a wise idea to put safety first.
Why should safety be a priority?
When choosing camping gear it may be a good idea to consider what situation you may find yourself in when gear meant to fulfill a leisurely pursuit all of the sudden becomes the gear that can save your life or ultimately lead you into a life-threatening incident.
What’s the difference between camping gear and survival gear?
There are many items you may want to consider keeping in your backcountry survival kit as well as your car survival kit. Many of these items can be used as camping gear as well. Whether you are a mountaineer that needs to set up a backcountry base camp or an archery hunter who needs to set up a spike camp miles deep into a wilderness near treeline you will want to keep a survival kit with you. However, this survival kit can contain items that can be used on an everyday basis in these backcountry situations. So, in reality, there are many similarities between good practical survival gear and camping gear.
What gear are we referring to?
A high-quality Metal Match Kit is a great item to always have with you no matter what outdoor situation you are in. Starting a fire in harsh conditions requires a trustworthy fire starter kit. Also, for backcountry camping and fire building a super efficient and effective fire starter is a very nice luxury to have so you know every single fire you attempt to start will take hold immediately and you will be able to move on to your next task or activity saving you time.
Combined with the Metal Match Kit is a good pair of water resistant work gloves so you can ensure your hands are protected. For survival situations protecting your hands it vital however for everyday camping, backpacking, hunting, fishing or mountaineering it is wise to always protect your hands. The material of choice for top-rated survival experts is goatskin. Goatskin is a closed cell leather so it will not shrink after the gloves get wet and dry like other leathers. The Endure Goatskin Gloves are supple yet durable glove that will ensure your hands stay protected from the many
Another category of items important for camping is cutting tools. It is nice to have sufficient tools to cut wood so you can ensure you have plenty of wood for your campfire. A great item to have with you no matter what the situation is is a dependable wood cutting saw. The 18" Half Dandy saw is a piece of equipment many top-rated survival experts don’t leave home without. This survival hand saw is the bestpacking saw, best hunting saw and best bone saw for elk we have found. This is the perfect example of a tool that can be used both as a survival saw as well as every day saw for camping, backpacking, and mountaineering.
Another great item to have in your survival kit that can also double as a utility for everyday camping, hunting, and fishing is parachute cord. Don’t confuse paracord, 550 cord, or 550 paracord with true Parachute Cord. True Parachute Cord has 7 strands that each include 3 separate smaller stands and will have a breaking strength up to 800 pounds or so.
A shelter is always a must when camping. Whether you just want to sleep in your car while you car-camp or if you want to ensure you are always protected from the elements a waterproof tarp is a great item to keep in your camping and survival gear. The Endure Survival 8'x10' Waterproof Tarp is a great survival tent as well as a lightweight tarp for backpacking or even simply an extra space you would like to keep dry around your existing camping gear set up.
Lastly, it is important to understand you must keep yourself hydrated in the outdoors, especially at high elevations. Altitude sickness can come on fast and if your body is not properly hydrated you are putting yourself at risk. Whether you are camping, mountaineering, hunting or fishing it is a great idea to always have a backup hydration solution. A collapsible water bottle, as well as a 30 pack of Katadyn MP1 Water purification tablets, is always a great thing to have on your just in case you find yourself in need of water. These two items can also act as your main source of water if you prefer to replace an often bulky and heavy water filter.
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