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Hiking Gear That Can Save Your Life

Lifestraw Water Filters are one of the best water purifying inventions!  This award winning invention in 2005 has changed lives. This version is a water bottle and can be used in the event a trusted water source is not available. Easy to use it can literally be a lifesaver.

Lifestraw Water drinking bottle for outdoor survival use
Young woman hikes in the Fall on a trail

A Solar Charging Hydration Backpack. 

This hiking essential is communication - cell phones and tablets can be charged in the wilderness.

SunLabz Solar Charging Hydration Backpack

In August 2017, an 18 year old boy and his family went for a hike in the Smoky Mountains.  At some point the step-dad lost his glasses, and went to look for them, which brought about the separation of the boy and his family. The boy, Austin, had little food and water on him, but somehow managed to survive being lost in the rugged terrain for 11 days before finding his way out.


This is a great survival story but leaves us with some important lessons.  

What you take with you on a hike is crucial for comfort and peace of mind. On this page you will find some of the top picks for hiking in the Smokies. 

While food is certainly on the list, there is one thing that comes even before food. That is shelter from elements. Overnight temps can get down pretty low in high elevations and low light areas so even if the weather seems warm now, that can change in a hurry.  

While there are many good options, we like this Pack of 20 Emergency Blankets, made of Mylar. Waterproof, Mylar Thermal Blankets for Backpacking, First Aid Kit, or Bug Out Bags.  So easy and convenient to carry you will forget you have them until you really need it.

This is not just any backpack. It's a lifeline.The solar charging power can keep you in communication with fellow hikers and the outside world for extended amounts of time. Its also holds 1.8 L of water for hydration. 


  • Don't hike alone for long periods of time

  • Try to hike with a partner or group

  • Always let someone know where you are and when you will return

  • Set up a meeting spot in case you get separated

  • Stay hydrated

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes

  • Dress in layers

  • Check weather and prepare for rain

  • Have a plan before you set out

  • Carry a whistle or bell, and/or animal repellant


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