Camping is a soothing activity. The fresh air, getting away from it all, the tranquility that only nature can provide – camping is indeed relaxing. But the key word here is “relax”. Being lax is a different thing altogether. When you are in the middle of nowhere, your survival is solely dependent on your equipment AND your abilities. One cannot function without the other.
Before venturing out into the wilderness, make sure that at least one member of your party is trained in the basics of first aid. Also make sure that you have ample survival gear in your backpacks. Survival kits have to be stocked with things necessary to handle unforeseen emergencies. Survival knives have to be kept sharp and always close at hand. A good quality survival knife can last a lifetime so don’t go cheap on this crucial piece of survival gear – your life may depend on it someday and you’d want it to be up to the task.
But you need to know how to survive to make full use of your survival gear. Learn the basics. Survival shelters are easy to put together with materials you will find lying around and your survival knife – if you know how. Also, getting food and water using just your knife and a little knowhow is indispensable. Training is crucial. Practice in your backyard if you have not done something similar before.
Also, having well-stocked emergency survival kits are pointless if you always leave them at home or in the car. Always bring them along. Keep contents at a minimum so that the extra weight and bulk will not make you avoid bringing them at all times with you. Used often, you will have an idea on what is absolutely essential and what can be left behind. Remember, in matters concerning survival, it’s better to have something and not need it, than to need something and not have it.