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.

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

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. 

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 6 pack of Emergency Blankets, 52" x 82". Designed for NASA with up to 90% Heat Retention. 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.

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