While we all love heading to the woods for a weekend of relaxing and serenity, sometimes Mother Nature decides to throw a curveball your way and challenge your survival skills. It’s important to be prepared in the event something goes wrong on your camping trip, so you always feel safe when a situation gets stressful. With the New Year arriving and camping season just around the corner, take a few minutes to brush up on your survival skills or learn something new to help keep you safe in inclement conditions.
The only way to feel comfortable when things go wrong is to be prepared and understand how you should react in unfortunate situations. To that end, we recommend heading into the backyard, or to the local campground to practice your survival skills. Here are a few pieces of gear we’ve singled out that will help you practice your survival skills and feel safe no matter what happens on your trip.
1. Learn & Live Fire Starting Kit – This is the set of tools that will teach you how to light a fire when your lighter doesn’t work. Whether you dropped your lighter in a puddle, ran out of gas or are even just frustrated that the wind keeps blowing out your flame, this kit will teach you how to cope. There’s even an included step-by-step instruction manual so you aren’t searching for answers on your phone!
2. Learn & Live Outdoor Skills Set – This set comes with everything you need to know in a pinch when it comes to first aid, knot tying, wayfinding, shelter building and survival fishing. Learn and practice a variety of knots you can apply outdoors in dozens of situations. Get a crash course in learning how to navigate using maps, compasses and more. Learn the basics on what to do when you or someone else is injured in the woods, and how to build a shelter. Finally, reference our survival fishing guide with step-by-step instructions for how to feed yourself in an emergency.
Any time you head out on a camping trip you should have a survival kit packed with gear to help you out should something go wrong. A basic survival kit should include some emergency cover to help you keep warm if your shelter fails, as well as a fire starter that doesn’t require electricity or gas. There should be equipment to help you draw attention to yourself in case you need help like a whistle, flash mirror and a bright light signal. Finally, you’ll want a compass to help you orient yourself in the event you get lost. Get all of that gear and more in a single package with the Featherlite Survival Kit 2.0. Click the link for more information on everything that comes with our in-house survival kit.
Whether it’s for survival or simply roasting some marshmallows you’re going to need to get a fire going during your camping trip. If the weather isn’t cooperating it’s important to know exactly what to do when it’s raining, windy or worse. Read on for a basic breakdown of how to light a fire in bad weather, or click this link for to see our full article on the topic!
The first thing to keep in mind when lighting a fire in inclement weather is to find an ideal location. You’ll want to look for a spot that’s as sheltered as possible from the wind and rain, but still open enough for air circulation and smoke ventilation. Whether it’s a tight set of trees with ample foliage cover, or a small rocky overhang, find somewhere that your fire can thrive.
Next, it’s time to build it up with dry tinder and as much dry twigs and branches you can find. Keep in mind you’ll want to keep this fire small so it uses less fuel, burns consistently and keeps you warm all night. It’s a great idea to keep a set of waterproof tinder on you like the WetFire Tinder we carry at ust, that way you feel much more prepared for bad weather.
Finally, to ensure you feel comfortable no matter the conditions, bring a backup firestarter in case something goes wrong with your first option. While a lighter might seem like an easy fix to your issues, they can run out of fuel and don’t work well in the wind and rain. Consider something like our Tekfire Flameless firestarters that work for weeks on a single charge and are unaffected by the weather. If you don’t want to rely on a piece of technology, then grab yourself a Sparkforce firestarter that doesn’t need any fuel to work whatsoever!