This article is a continuation of Adventuring By Letters.
K is for Knife
A good knife will be an indispensable item to the savvy outdoorsman, because of the sheer number of ways it can be useful. As famously portrayed by James Franco in 127 Hours, a knife might very well mean the difference between life and death. Although situations will rarely be that extreme, you never know when you may become entangled and need to cut yourself free, need to fashion a makeshift component of shelter, or simply cut something up. A knife is another item that should always be in your outdoor pack.
L is for Light
Yet another essential outdoor item, a light needs no explanation. Whether you choose a large or small model, there can be no doubt that having a light has helped more than one poor soul endure a situation where they’ve become lost!
M is for Mats
Keeping everything spotlessly clean may be a little unrealistic when you’re camping, but the use of mats both inside and outside your tent, as well as in the main activity area can do a lot to keep dirt from being trekked all over the place, and keep dust down in areas that don’t have much grass cover. Plus, having a dry mat to step on when you stick your feet out of your tent to put your shoes on is a beautiful thing. Just ask those suckers with wet and muddy socks.
N is for Nutrition
It is really important to consider your nutrition when you’re going to be out hiking or camping for several days. It is likely that you will expend more energy than usual when you head outside, so proper eating and drinking will ensure you stay hydrated and energized. The outdoorsman cannot live on hot dogs and marshmallows alone. Bring foods with substantial protein and complex carbohydrates for stable energy, and make sure you have more water than what is recommended for daily consumption. In the event you get lost, energy will be a major asset to your survival.
O is for Outdoor Research
Outdoor Research is another one of our favorite camping and hiking brands, and we’re not the only ones who find them to be the cream of the crop. Created by a Seattle mountaineer/physicist nearly 30 years ago, this company relies heavily on customer feedback in the development and construction of their high-quality products. Not only that, but all Outdoor Research products are supplemented with its own “Infinite Guarantee,” wherein customers can return their products for replacement or repair at any time. If that passion and commitment to customer satisfaction isn’t enough to sell their line of outdoor gear, we don’t know what is!
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