5 Tools You Need for a Wilderness Expedition

When going out in the wilderness, you need to be prepared. This means taking the right tools to ensure you can deal with a number of di...


When going out in the wilderness, you need to be prepared. This means taking the right tools to ensure you can deal with a number of different eventualities as they arise.

Here are 5 tools that you need when going on your next wilderness expedition:

1. A Fixed Blade Knife
Tactical fixed blade knives come in many shapes and sizes. You'll want one that is capable of cutting bandages or cloth to bandage a wound, for opening packages that are tightly packed, to help start a fire (used with a bow drill), and for building a basic shelter from the elements (cutting branches to make space).

A fixed blade knife is a top choice to take on an expedition because a folding blade can come apart at the hinge if poorly made. Maintaining a knife properly means drying it when it becomes wet to avoid the potential for rust. The knife should always be sharpened before setting off from a camp into the wilderness.

2. Cordage
Carrying some cord is useful for many purposes including as a clothing line to dry wet clothes, for creating a basic shelter, for lashing poles together, for hanging food above ground level, and when going fishing. There are many types of cord that are good. Some people prefer 500 paracord which gets stronger when it is damp.
3. Warm Hat or Beanie

It might seem like an unusual idea, but heat rises through the body and much of it escapes through the head. By covering the head with a warm beanie or other warm hat, it helps to keep the body heat stable.

4. Water Bottle with Filtration
A water bottle with a built-in water filtration system is necessary for times when the water supply has run low and you've run out of clean water sources. It is often not possible to know what water is clean when drinking it, so something like the LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with Integrated 1000-Liter LifeStraw Filter is ideal for filtering out impurities. 

5. Signaling Equipment
You never expect to get separated from a group on a wilderness expedition or to get injured and be unable to walk back to safety, but it can happen when you least expect it. Signaling equipment comes in various forms. The first is a cell phone to try to call for help. However, sometimes it is not possible to get signal reception, so you need to have other methods available to you. A torch can be useful for illumination and to use Morse code to signal for help, matches and a lighter are good to carry for starting a signal smoke fire, and a whistle is also vital to be able to signal from a distance away. Whistles can also be used to let others know of a danger nearby. 

There are many other wilderness expedition tools that can come in handy, but these are the most important ones to always bring with you. Are there any others that you refuse to go without?

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