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Spending time outdoors is an enjoyable, rewarding, and transformational experience. Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go as planned, and that’s why you should be prepared for the worst to happen.

This means even having a car accident lawyer on speed dial. But you can’t always carry everything you will need to keep you 100% safe, and that’s why you should be well versed with the following four outdoor essentials.

A multitool

Multitools have different uses – from cutting yourself free to self-defense. However, you should choose a multitool that comes with a torch, as you might find yourself needing it in different situations to see and find your route. Although any type of multitool can be useful, you may want to get one that is specifically designed for cars. This type of multitool will allow you to cut yourself out of the safety belt if you get trapped and smash open the window.


Experts recommend that you should drink about two liters of water every day. Therefore, when enjoying the outdoors, you should have at least a liter of water if there’s water available from lakes or creeks. However, you should carry more water if you’re in a more arid area where water may not be easily available. You should also carry a water filtration device to help you obtain more potable water. In case you decide to travel in the winter, your normal hydration containers won’t work due to the low temperatures. Instead, you should carry insulated containers to maintain the water in its liquid state.

Navigation tools

Whichever adventure you are planning, understanding navigation methods is fundamental. Whether you plan to go hiking, sailing, or trail running, being prepared with the right navigation tools will help you stay on track to avoid problems and enjoy the outdoors. When outdoors, modern navigation tools you can use include compasses, maps, GPS devices, a personal locator beacon, or an altimeter watch.

A compass can help you orient a map, pinpoint features, and know your position.  You might walk for many days without using a compass; however, take a wrong turn, that is when you will understand the significance of having at least one navigation tool with you.

First aid kit

Going outdoors comes with an increased possibility of injuries and accidents. Some of these can be potentially serious. So, even before heading out, it is vital to be ready for illnesses and injuries by packing a first aid kit. The things to pack will depend on the duration of your stay, the destination, and the current conditions of the people you are going out with.

Regardless of the people, you are traveling with or the duration of time, the following are some kits that you must pack:

  • Compression bandages
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Eye drops
  • Antihistamines
  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • Latex gloves
  • Insect repellant
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Antidiarrheal pills


Being outdoors is great for you and your kids. Therefore, when determining what to carry, think about the vital things you will need to survive. Familiarize yourself with some camping tips, have comfortable clothing, be self-reliant, take a first aid kit, and more importantly, don’t forget to pack a navigation tool.

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James' passion for exploration and sense of duty to his community extends beyond himself. This means he is dedicated to providing a positive role model for other men and especially younger guys that need support so that they can thrive and be future positive contributors to society. This includes sharing wisdom, ideas, tips, and advice on subjects that all men should be familiar with, including: family travel, men's health, relationships, DIY advice for home and yard, car care, food, drinks, and technology. Additionally, he's a travel advisor and a leading men's travel influencer who has been featured in media ranging from New York Times to the Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. He's also been cited by LA Weekly "Top Travel Bloggers To Watch 2023" and featured by Muck Rack: "Top 10 Outdoor Journalists for 2022".

He and his wife Heather live in St Joseph, Michigan - across the lake from Chicago.