In the super busy world of today, more and more Australians are looking to venture off the beaten trail and explore the enormous countryside and wilderness Australia offers. If you’re eager to become one of them, then you’re probably looking for essential pieces of outdoor equipment you should take with you on your first trip in order to ensure a complete and a pleasant experience. That being said, here’s a list of the most essential pieces of survival gear you should bring with you.
A Survival Knife
First and foremost, you need outdoor equipment that you’re somewhat familiar with, so that you’re confident using all of it when the need arises. For instance, a survival knife is an essential tool that can help you in countless different scenarios. You can use it to start a fire by striking flint against it, to cut branches, ropes and many other things. Another essential tool is the hatchet – it will help you cut lumber to keep your campfire going, and you can use it for self-defense as well.
A Fire Starting Kit
Speaking of campfires, you can get a special fire starting kit to make the process much easier. The steel and flint method is the easiest and most commonly used one, but there are also special tools that help you ignite a spark. Regardless of which tool you choose, you should make sure it’s reliable and that it works in all weather conditions. This is of utmost importance, as you might find yourself in a life-or-death situation and you’ll need to rely on the fire for warmth, water purification, cooking, etc.
A Water Purifying Kit
Next, you need a water purifier to provide you with drinkable water. Even though some remote rivers, lakes, and other water sources may seem perfectly clean, they aren’t always. For that reason, you should have a water purifier with you at all times. There are various different types of water purifying tools, the most common ones being bottle cleaning brushes, UV water purifiers, chemical tablets, and various different water cleaning kits.
A Tactical Flashlight
And last but not least, you need a LED flashlight. Why LED? Because LED is typically more powerful and more durable. There are tons of different LED flashlights available nowadays, with their prices ranging greatly – depending on their power output, the material they’re made from, and the features they have. Get a flashlight that’s waterproof, rust- and corrosion-resistant. Generally, the more durable LED flashlights are classified as “tactical”. The flashlight you choose should be convenient to carry, easy to store, and it should provide enough illumination to brighten the area at least several meters in front of you.