Nobody who heads away from their campsite ever intends to get lost. But it happens and it can prove deadly.
Here are two products that an RVer or other outdoor enthusiast should have along whenever away from a camp, whether in the wilderness or in a Forest Service Campground that may not seem to pose any threat of getting lost. We’re talking not only about hikers, but anglers, hunters or anyone else who wanders away from civilization, even 911 coverage.
The first is a bracelet that all by itself provides the most critical survival tools anyone might need — a compass, fire starter, emergency knife and whistle. Plus, unwind it and it becomes an ultra strong 12-foot cord for use wherever a rope is needed. Or use one of the inner strings as a fire starter, fishing line or sewing string. It sells for less than $9.
The second important survival tool is a LifeStraw, which you can use to filter otherwise undrinkable water into water that’s perfectly safe. The microfiltration membrane removes 99.999999% of waterborne bacteria (including E. coli and salmonella), and 99.999% of waterborne parasites (including giardia and cryptosporidium).
Two hikers lost for five days in the Southern California mountains survived because of a LifeStraw. “We just lost the trail,” said Eric Desplinter, 31. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue teams from multiple agencies in the surrounding area had spent days combing an area of approximately 30 square miles before finding the lost hikers.