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Camping, hiking, biking, and being outside are common activities that people participate in, especially during the summer months. But removing yourself farther and farther away from society can also be scary if something was to go wrong. Here are some gadgets that you can take with you in any backpack to make sure you are always safe.
Black Diamond Spot325 Head Lamp
For $40, you can have a source of light that will keep your hands free. Standard AAA batteries provide up to 200 hours of light on a single charge, if used on low-power mode. It is also waterproof and considered one of the best head lamps on the market.
Coglan’s Magnesium Fire Starter
If you have ever watched Survivor, you know that they compete for the use of flint each year. Instead of fighting with a lighter and matches, pick up a magnesium fire starter for under $10. A quick strike with some tinder or a pre-made fire starter and you will have a roaring fire in no time.
EasyAcc 24000mAh Solar Power Bank
Making sure that you have battery life on your cell phone is crucial in dangerous situations. You will be able to call for help or use the GPS system to figure out where you are. This power bank can be charged before heading out and then can be recharged, if necessary, by leaving it in the sun to provide that extra battery juice you might need to get that phone back up and running. For $52, this may be one of the most important purchases you ever make.
Garmin inReach Mini
This is a bit pricier ($300), but if you are an avid outdoor enthusiast, it could be a necessity. This gadget allows you to locate where you are, as well as send out an SOS to any monitoring station. It can send and receive text messages where there is no cell phone coverage. Pair it with the Earthmate app and you can download maps, NOAA charts, and get the weather forecast sent to you daily.
In the event that you become stranded somewhere for days, you will need to keep hydrated with water. The LifeStraw allows you to drink water straight from any water source, purifying it as you drink. For under $20, this could help save your life.