Equipment You Can't Live Without

Living in such a powerful technological age has its advantages, but it also has its disadvantages. The simple fact is many people depend on their cell phones and computers to come to their rescue when they need help. This is all well and good, but what happens when these devices don't work? Campers should really consider this question and ask themselves if they would be prepared if they found themselves in an emergency situation. Granted, most die-hard campers know survival basics and they have survival kits with them at all times. Yet, there are concerns for the occasional campers, or the vacation campers. Most campers in these categories aren't even aware that packing a survival kit is one of the most important things they can do to keep their families safe.

All campers should be educated about their destinations, know survival basics and have survival kits with them at all times. What's in a camper's survival kit will vary depending on where the camper is going, yet there are some staples that should be in every survival kit. Here is a list of the top 15 pieces of equipment and items you can't live without when camping:

1. Emergency First Aid Kit - The good news is most campers do have a first aid kit. The bad news? They're generally homemade and don't contain the items a camper could need if an emergency should arise. The items that should be in a camper's first aid kit includes:

- 1-inch wide adhesive tape
- 4-inch x 4-inch gauze pads
- Acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen
- Antibacterial ointment
- Antihistamine for allergic reactions
- Bandages in various sizes
- Bar of soap
- Burn ointment
- Butterfly bandages
- Calamine lotion
- Cold pack
- Cotton swabs
- Disposable surgical gloves
- Elastic bandage or wrap
- Eye patch
- Eyedropper for irrigating
- Foil blankets
- Iodine antiseptic solution
- Ipecac to induce vomit
- Mouthpiece for protection when performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
- Non-Stick Bandages
- One roll of absorbent cotton
- Packets of sugar for diabetics
- Safety pins
- Saline eye drops
- Scissors
- Sewing needle and thread
- Snake bite kit
- Sunscreen
- Thermometer
- Triangular pieces of cloth

2. Lighters, or Waterproof Matches

3. Small Mirror

4. Pocket Knife

5. Whistle

6. Emergency blankets

7. Weather Appropriate Clothing/Rain Gear

8. Cooking Pot

9. Rope

10. Hand Saw

11. Emergency Food /Dehydrated Food

12. Map and compass

13. LED Strobe Flashlight and Extra Batteries

14. Water Supply

15. Water Purifying Tablets

Modifications can be made to your camping survival kit based on where you will be camping, and your individual needs. However, these 15 pieces of equipment and/or items should make up the foundation of your kit. Additions to the kit can include back up prescription medications, fishing line, plastic bags and baggies, flares, and region specific gear and equipment.

No one wants a camping trip to turn into a disaster. Be prepared if an emergency should arise while you are camping. Don't depend on cell phones and computers to get you out of a bad situation. Know survival basics and have a survival kit.