Mar 10 29
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So you’ve got your tent, you’ve checked your sleeping bag’s comfort rating and you know what clothes you’ll rollup and stuff into your rucksack. But do you really have everything you’ll need?
Like, for example:
1. Luna Optics LN-PB3 night vision binoculars – around £400
These bad boys are great as regular binoculars, but they really prove their worth when the sun sets. They use the latest night vision technology to enable you to see everything around you, even in the blackest midwinter night.
2. Mammut X-Zoom headlamp – £100
Think all headlamps are the same? Then this isn’t for you. But if you need a headlamp so adjustable that you can choose between three levels of brightness and focus the divergence angle of the light from between 5 to 45 degrees, this headlamp is your dream come true.
3. Kayland Zephyr hiking boots – around £135
These are great general hiking boots. They have a black plastic frame that is injected into the underlying mesh, making them light, durable, supportive and light. Plus, they are water-resistant and dry out quickly.
4. Suunto Core Steel Steel watch – around £400
This watch can tell you just about anything you want to know. Altimter with altitude log memory and altitude difference measurement? Check. Compass with semi-automatic calibration? Uh-huh. Ability to predict the weather? With it’s barometer, storm alarm, digital thermometer and weather trend indicator, yep, it can pretty much do that, too. Plus, you know, it can tell you the time.
5. Survival Straps – around £15
This bracelet can be up to 24 feet of tightly woven 550 pound test rope (depending on the size you get). And you never know when you’ll need 24 feet of 550 pound test rope. Plus, the company will reweave the bracelet for free if you send them the true story of how it was used.
6. Garmin Oregon 400T GPS navigator – £399.99
This unit has a touch screen, a 3-inch screen, 3D view of the topography maps, electronic compass, barometric altimeter and the ability to share information with other users of Garmin’s Oregon or Colorado GPS units. Most impressively, though, it finds its location faster than just about any other system – it begins predict where it is before it’s even turned on, thanks to HotFix Technology.
7. Spot Satellite GPS Messenger – around £160
So you’ve already got your GPS – why would you need another GPS thingummy? Well, this little gadget automatically updates your location so your family and friends can watch the progress of your trip. And if you find yourself in a spot of bother, you can contact them for help. And if you’re in real trouble, you can press the emerency button and contact the relevant emergencies services, wherever you are in the world.
8. The Lifesaver Bottle 6000UF – £169.95
This works by manually pumping water through the filter bottle to clean out bacteria, viruses and other waterbourne pathogens without adding any chemically taste. And as it nears the end of its life, which in this case is up to 6000 litres, it becomes harder and harder to pump, until it doesn’t let any water through at all. So you know your water’s safe to drink.
9. SLP2 Survival Tool – £34.99
This thing combines a locking serrated knife, a torch, a whistle and a firestarter in one compact tool. It may not have all the swingy out bits that some other all-purpose tools have, but it will start a fire in freezing rain. Dragging the back of the blade along the firestarted can produce sparks that are up to 3000 degrees Celcius, even when it’s wet. This thing really earns the name survival tool.
10. Solio solar powered charger – around £135
So if you got everything on this list, you’ll be relying on a lot of battery-powered technology. And whilst these gadgets all have pretty good battery life, sometimes you need to rely on something you know will be there. Like the sun. This charger can be topped up at home, and it holds its battery power for up to a year, but if that’s not enough, the three premium grade solar panels swing out to charge your gadgets in the sun.
BONUS: The one thing you absolutely do NOT need to survive:
The Legacy Manhattan Mahogany Cocktail Case – around £80
This complete cocktail set holds two bottles of spirits and comes with two martini glasses, two napkins, a cocktail spray bottle, a cocktail shaker, a jigger, ice tongs, a strainer, a stirrer and two martini picks. Just in case your resuce dog was sent by Dean Martin, I suppose.