We’re all pretty familiar with the typical hiking essentials: backpacks, water, tent, boots, etc. Sometimes, though, you need to spice it up a bit on a long trip. Before you head off on your next adventure be sure not to leave these handy-dandy pieces of gear behind; you never know when you’ll need them in a pinch.
During the summer months you probably want to wear as little clothes as possible when you’re out on the trail, but the rest of the year can get a bit nippy when the sun starts going down. A solidly built, polyester or cotton scarf can help keep you warm while also making you a little more stylish on the hike. You never know when the temperature might drop suddenly and you need to cover up your neck. As a bonus, it’s a great way to look good and snag a date if you’re hoping to meet Mr. Wonderful while enjoying the Great Outdoors.
That’s right, we said duct tape. This stuff can fix just about anything in an instant, from tears in your tent to a broken trekking pole. It’s one of those life essentials that you should really have with you no matter where you go and the outdoors is no exception. Always make sure to keep a roll or two of the good stuff in your pack. You never know when it might come in handy.
Maybe you’ve lost a little weigh recently, or maybe you just like the professional, rugged look a good belt can bring to an ensemble. Whatever the reason, we think you should always have a little extra leather to help you show off in the wild. Just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t add a little flair to your look. Don’t forget to throw on a buckle to tidy things up a touch.
If you’re going to head out into the wild, there’s no excuse for not taking along your furry friend. Even though you’re roughing it a bit, you’ve got to make sure he’s hiking in style. Either spoil him a bit by bringing along a durable, waterproof bed or make things easier on yourself by slipping a foldable water bowl into your pocket or pack. Just dump it out and snap it back into place in an instant and you don’t have to worry about it taking up room in your already overloaded bag.
A handkerchief is like the Swiss army knife of cloth. Need an emergency water filter? Use your handkerchief. Sweat falling down into your eyes on a hot and muggy day? Turn it into a do-rag. If can even be used to wipe your butt if you find yourself accidentally squatting in the middle of a bed of poison ivy. Don’t want put that on your tush.
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed by how many people waltz into the woods without a knife on hand. Blasphemous, right? A sturdy, sharp knife can help with a lot of problems that arise on the trail; it’s great for cutting through weeds and vines, shaving sticks for roasting marshmallows or even fighting off rabid squirrels.
Even if you’re not a rock climber you should still have some climbing rope on hand. It’s insanely durable and can be used for a number of tasks. It serves as a wonderful impromptu clothesline if you need to dry your clothes or hang some food away from bears, or it could provide something to hold onto across a particularly precarious stretch of land. If you’re feeling cheap you can even turn an old one into a dog leash if you’re going to bring Fido along.
Game Card Holders
Whether you’re a fan of cribbage or solitaire, it’s always a good idea to have a deck of cards on hand to help stave off boredom. Those nights alone by the campfire sometimes require a little bit of distraction and fun. Never leave home without it.