Nowadays, most people refer ‘camping’ to an exercise where they spend a few nights outdoors, often at a public campsite. The dangers that are usually associated with such an activity are thus small, especially since the campsite is filled with not just other campers, but also with responsible public officials. However, there are still many individuals that do go backpacking or hiking in more remote locations, away from the usual public trails, and end up camping out in these locations. It is on these occasions that the dangers of camping become more obvious.
Annually, plenty of individuals go missing during camping or hiking with hiking gear episodes. They are usually found within a day, but there are instances of individuals that take over a week to find, and sometimes, the results of a rescue operation are not the most positive. The reason for such unfortunate incidents is often people overestimating their abilities – that is, believing they can, when in fact, they cannot. It is important to draw a line and understand the extent of your own abilities when you are out in the wilderness: after all, you can only rely on yourself (and your camping partners at most).
Whilst it is best to avoid the possibility of going missing at all, it is always of utmost importance to prepare yourself for such a possibility whenever you go out camping. Most basic camping survival equipment caters to all sorts of issues that you will face whilst out in the wild; you can find plenty of lists online that give you a basic idea of what to take – or you can simply buy one of the all-inclusive camping kits at most camping-goods related stores. Generally, however, the following are included in a basic survival kit:
Food and water – high-calorie snacks and a water filtering device
Warmth and shelter – a very lightweight shack that is easy to set up, and a warm blanket
Tools – basic fire lighting equipment and survival knives
Light – a powerful flashlight and batteries
Communication – a long-lasting phone (such as an old generation flip-phone) or walkie-talkie device
First aid kit – a set of first aid equipment that can cater to most injuries and illnesses (more advanced than the first aid kit you have at home!)
Keep in mind that a survival kit should by no means be heavy – or there is a good chance you will ultimately ditch it either at home or at the base site. The maximum weight should not exceed 5 kilograms at most, with most kits weighing somewhere in between two and three kilograms.