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Top 17 Hiking Essentials

Hiking is an excellent hobby that lets you experience nature, see amazing sights, see wildlife and get a great workout. If you are setting out for a hike, you probably know the importance of a comfortable backpack and good hiking shoes. However, there are some other important items that you should pack before you go on your next hike. Below you will find my list of 17 Top Hiking Essentials that can help you survive if you have an accident, or find yourself in adverse conditions.

Flashlight

A flashlight, lantern or headlamp is an absolute essential. It can get very dark at night and you will need something to light your way. Headlamps are a good choice because they keep your hands free. Most headlamps have different light modes including a strobe mode that can be used to signal for help in an emergency.

Map

You might have all the apps or GPS devices you can imagine, but you need to have a real map with you. Technology can fail and your devices can run out of power. Often, the signal strength is not good out in the mountains or remote areas, so you need to have something to rely on. Topographical maps are the best choice.

Compass

In addition to a good map,  you need to have a compass you can rely on as a backup if those sophisticated GPS devices and apps fail you  Compasses don’t need a power source or batteries, and some come equipped with a sighting mirror that can be used to flash sunlight to signal a helicopter or rescuer in an emergency. Technology is great, but don’t underestimate the importance of tried and true navigation devices.

Sunscreen

Out in the elements, you need to protect yourself from the damaging UV rays of the sun. Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen, and remember to apply it. A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended. Check that the sunscreen you choose blocks UVA and UVB rays.

Sunglasses

A good pair of sunglasses are essential. Make sure you choose a quality pair because your eyes are worth it. A key component in a quality lens is the ability to block 100% of ultraviolet light (UVA and UVB). Did you know that UVB rays have been linked to the development of cataracts? Protecting your eyes is very important for your health. Be wary of cheap sunglasses that may put your eyes at risk.

First Aid Kit

Purchasing a ready-made kit is best, because they are designed to have supplies for a variety of issues, and save you the time of building your own. There are specialized first aid kits made for hiking and camping. A well stocked first aid kit will have all types of supplies including a snake bite kit.

Power Bank 

High capacity power banks are perfect to pack along to use if you need to charge your phone or other devices. You may think your phone has a great battery life, but you need to prepare for the unexpected. Power banks can be life-saving if you have an emergency or encounter conditions that cause delays.

Solar Charger

A solar charger can be used to power your smartphone and other electronics if you run out of battery power and deplete additional power banks. Using a solar charger can help you call or message for help if you have a signal.  Many solar chargers include a flashlight and even a compass.

Tools

A good knife and multi-tool are great to use for repairs, food prep, cutting branches or to use in emergency situations You can find all kinds of knives and multi-tools on the market. Choose one that is durable and lightweight.

Hydration

When you are hiking, you need plenty of water. Hydration packs and water bottles are a good way to make sure you have a supply of clean water to drink. There are personal water filters that can be used to turn stream or other water into safe drinking water. Carrying one of these filters can give you peace of mind that you will have life-sustaining water to drink if you are stranded or run out of water.

Emergency Shelter

Even if you are not going on an overnight hike, you should still pack an emergency shelter. You may feel confident that you will not get lost or injured, but it is best to be prepared for the unexpected. Something as simple as a space blanket or lightweight tarp can protect you from wind, rain, snow or sleet while you wait for help.

Safety Whistle

A loud safety whistle should be in your gear. If you need to signal for help, this will be heard a lot farther than your voice.

Insect Repellent

Carry a spray or lotion to protect yourself from biting insects, spiders, ticks and more. Many insects such as ticks can spread deadly disease so, be sure to protect yourself with an insect repellant that works well for the area you are hiking in.

Matches

Waterproof matches stored in a waterproof container can help you build a fire. Whether you need them to start a campfire on an overnight hike, or to light a fire to keep warm or signal for help, dry matches are essential. You pack a butane lighter to use as a backup.

Firestarter

A Firestarter like some dry tinder, candles or special wood soaked nuggets should be kept in a waterproof bag. These items will allow you to quickly get your fire to ignite. Even household dryer lint can be used.

Food

Don’t forget to pack extra food even on day hikes. Food items that are light but have good nutritional value are dried meats, nuts, protein bars and dried fruits.

Extra Clothing

Weather conditions can change rapidly, so pack an additional layer of clothing to protect yourself from the elements. Choose your clothing based on the season and the worst weather conditions you could face.

Hiking and camping are fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Preparing for emergencies and adverse conditions will give you peace of mind, and help keep you safe if you encounter trouble. How do you prepare for a hike? Do you have any important tips to share? I would love to read them in the comments.

 

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Happy Lights are Perfect For Home and Recreational Use #Giveaway

When a product is practical and cute, you have a win-win. Happy Lights by Delaware Lane are just that! These LED lights look like an incandescent light bulb, but they are battery-powered LED lights. Their cheerful smiling faces are reminiscent of the smiley face icons from the 70’s.

These lights hang from a long string that you attach to the ceiling making them perfect to use for lighting up  dark closets and spaces. Beyond that, they are great to take camping and to use as tent lights or to keep in an emergency kit. Since they are battery-powered they are perfect to use during power outages.

Since these lights hang from a long string, be careful when using them in areas with young children. The lights remain cool to the touch. Happy Lights are a good choice to use in outdoor structures like sheds and boat houses.

 

The lights use 3 AAA batteries. To turn the light on and off , you simply pull themThey light up dark areas very nicely. I plan to put mine in a dark hall closet that I have.

You can see more about how these lights work in my video below:


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Are You Looking For Outdoor Fun Ideas For Your Family?

We are moving into spring, the weather is warming up and soon the kids will be out of school for summer. Are you looking for fun outdoor things to do? How about camping? Even if it is in your own backyard, a family camping trip can be fun. You can start the night off with a fire in the fire pit, make s’mores, catch fireflies, have a sing a long and just talk and reconnect under the stars.tent pic 1

Kids have a blast camping out and you will make memories to last a lifetime. If you are looking for a nice 3 season tent for 2-3 people, you might want to take a look at the Semoo lightweight, waterproof, 3 Season Tent. This tent has a fun, vibrant orange color scheme. It is easy to set up. We put a tarp under ours. It comes packed in a duffel bag so that it is easy to transport.

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The tent has a large front door with a screen window and the back of the tent features a screen window too! There are interior pockets on the left and right side of the interior of the tent. These pockets are great to hold your wallet, smartphone or smaller items.

Check out our video below to see all the great details. If you want to take a closer look there is a link at the end of the post to the Amazon listing.

I hope you and your family have some great adventures this summer.

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Tender Corporation EASY CARE® FIRST AID KIT, Kids Afterbite & Naturapel Review & Give-Away!!!

Well, Summer is here and that means lots of outdoor activities and traveling.  We never want to think of anyone getting hurt or sick when we think of our summer plans, but it is something we need to be prepared for.  Having a good first aid kit when camping, hiking, and traveling is a must.  Tender Corporation sent me their Easy Care First Aid Kit to review.  This great kit is light, easy to pack and comes in a soft sided zippered case.

The Easy Care® First Aid Kit organizes first aid by injury complete with EZ Care® bi-lingual instructions inside each injury compartment. Easy Care® First Aid Kits are equipped with premium hospital quality instruments. There’s no faster, more efficient way to treat common ailments or even life-threatening emergencies that can happen at home or on the road.

Tender Corporation also send me some of their other products to take a look at.  They sent  AfterBite Kids, Natrapel DEET FREE Insect Repellent 8 Hr. Wipes and a Trauma Pak.

AfterBite® Kids is a non-stinging cream that provides soothing relief from the pain, itching and swelling of insect bites and stings. AfterBite® Kids contains baking soda, aloe vera and tea tree oil to soothe and moisturize the skin. Now you can treat even the most over-scratched bug bites without fear of painful stinging. A trusted family favorite because it works!

It’s about time – a DEET-free insect repellent that really works! Natrapel 8-hour provides 8+ hours of protection from biting insects and ticks, thanks to its CDC-recommended 20% Picaridin formula. Unlike ineffective DEET alternatives, Picaridin is the only formula that consistently shows equal or better performance than DEET in independent, clinical tests. Even better, Natrapel 8-hour is completely safe on gear and will not melt jackets, fishing line, and other synthetic materials. Individually wrapped wipes let you control the amount and location of repellent to apply.

QuikClot® Home delivers the most widely used and effective “over the counter” hemostatic agent to your first aid kit. Simply remove from the package, apply to the wound using pressure, and stop the bleeding fast. QuikClot® Home is ideal for the house, yard or shop – the perfect size for scalp lacerations or bleeding where a bandage is not enough.

Thanks to the Tender Corporation for the review samples and for providing products for a give-away on Mommy Ramblings!!!  One lucky blog reader will receive their own First Aid Kit, Afterbite Kids and Natrapel DEET Free Insect Repellent Wipes.

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