Summer is right around the corner and in addition to your knife, fire starter, and cordage, here are some items that will make hiking, camping, and surviving that much smoother.
1. Bug Spray
My least favorite part of summer is the bugs. Here on the East Coast it gets hot and humid — perfect weather for mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. You might not think bug bites are bad but they carry the risk of disease which could change your life permanently. Mosquitoes can infect you with West Nile virus and dengue. Ticks can transmit lyme disease and alpha-gal — which means you can no longer eat red meat! Protect yourself and pick up some bug spray for a few bucks.
2. Stainless Steel Canteen
When it’s hot out it’s easy to get dehydrated. Keeping a stainless steel canteen with you lets you replenish your water supply if you run out. I prefer stainless steel over other materials because it can be heated in case you need to boil it, is easy to clean, and doesn’t have any funky aftertaste that some plastic bottles do. A good stainless steel canteen should last you a lifetime so think of it like an investment.
Sun protection in the summer is very important. A shemagh can provide shade for any exposed skin and act as a dust or smoke cover if needed. When it gets cold at night, it can act as a scarf to keep you warm too. You can also use them to make a makeshift rucksack to carry things. There are so many uses for a shemagh and they can be rolled up into basically nothing. There’s no reason not to bring one.
Again, sun protection in the summer is very important. Your eyes are very sensitive to sunlight and can be damaged if left unprotected. Make sure to get polarized lenses for the best protection and try to get something that covers as much of your field of view as possible. In addition to their protective properties, sunglasses are scientifically proven to make you look cooler.
Hope you have fun this summer and don’t forget the sunscreen!