If you are an outdoor or camping buff, it is always worthwhile to invest in a set of emergency survival gear for use during cases of, you know, emergency. Depending on the type of outdoor activity that you participate in, some gear might prove to be more useful than others so be sure to select a couple to the activities’ specific needs. Here is a list of cool and useful survival gadgets.
Okay, this might not be the coolest nor newest survival tech around but we feel that they are so important that they warrant a space in any survival gear list. During cases of emergencies, being able to contact other people to locate and help you is usually the single most crucial factor. Most satellite phones come with built-in GPS. This allows you to not only be able to use the phone to contact others for help, but also relay the GPS coordinates of your exact location to them so that they can find you.
Kinetic Power Charger
After Satellite Phones, the next best thing to include in your survival gear pack would be a kinetically powered power charger. In cases of emergencies, having your cell phone or your satellite phone run out of batter is one of the worse things that could happen. Using a kinetic charger, you can charge your phones, torchlight or any electronic gear usually by pressing or spinning a lever (like how you would on a fishing pole’s line reel). There are also some kinetic chargers that automatically converts kinetic energy from your body’s movements into power. Having a good, reliable kinetic power charger with you means that you would have an indefinite source of power with you throughout the ordeal.
Solar Power Charger
Another very popular tech gadget today that could serve as an excellent survival accessory is the humble solar power charger. If you are in a place with plenty of sunlight during the day, you can use the solar charger to charge your electronic devices. They only downside to this device is for one, it is fully dependant on the sun (where it won’t function at night or on a cloudy day), and secondly, it usually charges your devices rather slowly. Nevertheless, it is always useful to be able to harness the power of the sun.
Portable Water Purifier
Other than being able to stay in contact with the rest of the world during an emergency, the next crucial factor is to keep yourself well and healthy while waiting for help to arrive. Keeping yourself hydrated is the single most important thing that you can do for your health in cases of emergencies. The human body can survive without any food intake for more than 3 weeks but could only service 2 or 3 days without water. Even if you have plenty sources of water around you, you would want to make sure that the water that you are drinking is clean. You can purify water by boiling it or through water purifications tablets. Another extremely cool water purifier is the LifeStraw that automatically removes bacteria and impurities from the water as you use it to suck in water.
Emergency Fire Starter
Keeping yourself safe from the elements is also extremely important. Starting a fire will not only help you keep warm at night but also keep dangerous wildlife at bay. Although matchsticks and gas powered lighters would usually do the trick, they might not live up to the task during emergencies. Try to select fire starters that are weatherproof and durable, such as the types that make use of magnesium strips.
Tent, Sleeping Bags and Raincoats
These may seem frivolous but prolonged exposure to rain or cold temperatures can be extremely dangerous. During excursions try to bring a large piece of waterproof canvas with you as they can serve as raincoats, sleeping bags or a makeshift tents during emergencies. There are some raincoats that are designed in such as way that they can be converted into sleeping bags or mini tents when you need to.
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