After months of preparation, you’ve finally gathered the courage to start your climb up Mount Everest. You’re ready to be one of about 4,000 people who has done the impossible. With all the adrenaline rushing through your brain, you decide that its time to take your first break of the multi-day trip. You stop to set up camp. However, when you reach into your backpack you realize you forgot your tent at the bottom of the mountain. Looks like you’ll have to head back and miss out on your chance of a lifetime.
Don’t ever let this be you. Your packing skills should never interfere with your sense of adventure and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Therefore, check out this checklist to make sure your travel backpack always has everything you need for any situation.
The Handy Dandy Pocket Knife
There are literally a hundred reasons why you should always carry a pocket knife. When you’re out in the cold, it can be a great tool to make kindling for a fire. It can also be used to help pitch a tent, get a knot out of a rope, cutting fishing lines, opening cans of food, cutting meat, tightening screws, and hammering. There are very few things handier than a pocket knife and you should be sure to carry one with you for any adventure to help you out of any emergency situation.
The Survival Blanket
Most people underestimate the weather on their trips, especially at night. During the night, temperatures can drastically drop and it can be extremely treacherous if you don’t have the means to keep warm. Therefore, you should always bring a camping blanket in your backpack. These blankets can give you shelter from the weather and maintain your body heat and energy. They can also be folded into different shapes to communicate messages to overpassing planes, used as a sling if someone injures an arm, or cut into small pieces to mark a trail.
The Literal Life Line
You may not see something as primitive as rope being important on your adventure, but it can actually be a literal lifeline in times of crisis. A piece of rope is generally used to help pitch a tent or build a shelter. However, it can also be used to repair things, make a clothing line for any wet gear, or even tow people out of a situation during a hike or swim.
A Jar of Peanut Butter
This may seem like an odd item to pack, but it is one of those “end of the world” food items that can save you in an emergency. Peanut butter has a long shelf life and can, therefore, last for a long time inside of a backpack. It’s packed with loads of protein, so it can be used to keep hunger at bay if you find yourself in a sticky situation. Peanut butter can also be used to trap any pesky insects, remove gum from hair, or as a hygiene tool such as shaving cream or shampoo.
While most of us remember to bring the essentials, we all forget a couple of things. If you keep some of these multi-purpose items in your adventure backpack though, you will be sure you have a solution for any situation.