(StatePoint) The new normal and natural disasters are dominating the headlines. At the same time, consumers have embraced socially distant adventure travel. Whatever your reasons for wanting to be prepared, easy to carry, functional gear will prepare you for what’s to come. Here’s how:
Whether you’re backpacking on your favorite trail or evacuating from a disaster zone, knowing your gear is protected from mishaps and extreme weather is important.
Keep organizational packing tools handy, such as Reusable Rubber Twist Gear Ties, that provide a versatile way to wrap and hang items. It may also be helpful to store a few Slidelock Aluminum S-Biners in your to-go bag to secure keys and water bottles.
When it comes to waterproofing, gear should endure the harshest elements. That’s where options like the CorSurf 25L Waterproof Dry Backpack come into play. It floats and features special pockets to protect electronic equipment. Finally, expand your travel possibilities with a bag designed to adhere to TSA’s Liquids Rule for carry-ons, such as Nite Ize’s RunOff Waterproof 3-1-1 Pouch. Its gusseted bottom keeps travel-sized toiletries organized while protecting against leaks.
Safe tap water is not a given on outdoor adventure trips or during natural disasters when local water sources can become compromised.
Having a low-maintenance, long-term means to filter water, whether sheltering in place or on the road, gives you peace of mind. Ultralight and durable, the LifeStraw personal water filter straw lasts for up to 1,000 gallons of water -- enough drinking water for an individual for over five years, and protects against bacteria, parasites, microplastics, dirt, sand and cloudiness. Another good choice for personal use --and great for hikes -- is the LifeStraw Go Insulated Stainless Steel water filter bottle, which not only protects against contaminants, but also keeps water cold for hours.
With family or friends? Look for water filtration designed to accommodate many people, such as the LifeStraw Mission water purifier, which features a built-in backwashing system and removes viruses, bacteria and parasites.
Maintain visibility during power outages or when enjoying nature with battery-operated light sources.
A durable, tactical flashlight is a must. Try the INOVA T8R Powerswitch Rechargeable Dual Color LED Flashlight to preserve night vision while pitching a tent or looking for the circuit breaker. For a hands-free option, consider a lightweight headlamp with a rechargeable battery. The Biolite HeadLamp 330 sits flush on the forehead and its moisture-wicking fabric keeps the wearer cool and dry.
Finally, let tools pull double-duty. The Radiant 314 Rechargeable Lantern will not only illuminate your home or campsite, its built-in power bank allows you to charge devices anywhere, handy for staying connected when it’s most vital.
From emergency uses (e.g. self-defense) to the mundane (e.g. slicing fruit), you never know when you’ll need the utility of a pocket knife. Pack light with the Nite Ize Doohickey Key Chain Knife. Its 2-inch blade offers everyday portability.
Insect bites can be a major health hazard and an unwanted factor during weekend getaways or emergency scenarios. For naturally-derived DEET-free solutions, pack Natrapel Lemon Eucalyptus insect repellent. Individually-wrapped Natrapel Picaridin insect repellent wipes provide all-day protection from ticks and mosquitoes.
A high-quality first aid kit is vital for any household and the Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Backpacker contains hospital-quality contents ideal for multi-day adventures.
Whether you love adventure travel or just value emergency preparedness, great gear is essential.