Hey there, fellow nature enthusiasts, landscape photographers, and adventure seekers! Don’t you just love all that gear? We’re all guilty of lugging around those hefty photography backpacks, laden with every gadget and gizmo we need to capture that awe-inspiring shot. You know, the one that leaves everyone speechless and takes them right into the heart of the moment. Extra batteries, memory cards, filters, flashes – you name it. And let’s not forget our trusty smartphones and tablets, loaded with apps that practically predict when the light will dance on the horizon. But here’s a question – what’s missing from the packing list of a landscape photographer? A survival kit. Yes, you heard that right. All those pricey camera toys won’t do much when things take a wild turn, even in the most familiar landscapes. Imagine being out on a shoot, only to be caught off guard by a sudden change in weather. The once-familiar terrain is now shrouded in thick fog, and before you know it, you’re disoriented and lost. What if you’re out of cell service and didn’t bring a GPS to find your way back to the car? What’s your next move?
Without a shred of preparation, you’re in a sticky situation.
Let me share a solution: a survival pouch that you can strap onto your backpack or tuck away inside. I’m Toffa Berg, an avid photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I get it – the excitement of capturing the world’s natural wonders, the tranquillity of untouched landscapes. But I also recognize the importance of being ready for anything.
Now, let’s delve into that survival pouch. Consider using a small dry bag to keep your essentials in one place. It’s adaptable, easily transferable between bags, and won’t gobble up precious space you’ve reserved for your photography gear.
Here’s What I Keep in My Survival Pouch:
- Folding knife
- Small first aid kit (usually attached to my bag’s shoulder strap)
- Heliographic mirror
- Bag of waterproof matches and striker
- Fire starter
- Small lamp
- Mylar emergency blanket
- Synthetic string (around 4 metres)
- Small zipper bag with fishing line, hooks, and weights
- Large 6L zipper bag
- Medium 4.5L zipper bag (doubles as extra water protection)
Remember, this is just what works for me. You can tailor your survival pouch to match your preferences and the gear available to you. Now, let’s break down the essentials that should definitely find their way into your survival pouch:
Signal Vest: If your backpack or clothing isn’t brightly colored, this small kit can be a lifesaver. Its vivid hue stands out against natural surroundings and helps rescuers spot you. You can easily find these at gas stations, designed for drivers in roadside emergencies.
Knife: Any reliable small knife will do, but a folding one is best – safe and compact.
Compass and Map: Despite our modern tech, an old-fashioned map and compass are indispensable. GPS units and smartphones can fail in tricky terrain. A map provides a rough idea of the landscape ahead.
Energy Tablets or High-Energy Chocolate: These offer a quick energy boost when needed or a ration to stave off hunger temporarily. They’re not a substitute for food but an essential emergency resource.
First Aid Kit: A compact hiking first aid kit is crucial. It’s affordable, available at outdoor gear stores or pharmacies, and ensures you’re equipped for minor emergencies. Look for skin tape – most pre-made kit band-aids are practically useless.
Fishing Line and Hooks: These versatile tools can catch fish and be repurposed for crafting snares or fixing clothing.
Mylar Emergency Blanket: Primarily for insulation, this blanket can also serve as a makeshift shelter. In case you’re stranded, staying sheltered from the elements becomes your top priority.
Now, for a couple of optional inclusions – a condom and a tampon:
- Condom: Hold on, it’s not what you’re thinking! A condom in your sock can serve as a makeshift water container.
- Tampon: It’s tinder! Tear it apart, and you’ve got instant tinder for starting a fire.
Remember, your survival pouch isn’t a replacement for your regular hiking gear. It’s your backup plan, your safety net for those unpredictable moments. Whether you’re out capturing the splendour of the world or exploring the wilderness, safety should always come first. Pack that survival pouch, because being ready is the key to truly embracing your outdoor escapades.
Stay safe, keep capturing beauty, and relish every second of your journey!
Warm regards, Toffa Berg