Evan Ceretti
Evan Ceretti

Jul 22. 3 mins

TRAVEL GADGETS THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

Traveling isn’t always a walk in the park like some globetrotters might portray it to be. On the contrary, sometimes you unintentionally take your life into your own hands. Traveling is one of the best experiences in the world that everyone should incorporate into their lives, but it’s important to prepare accordingly, which can depend on who you are, where you’re going, when you’re going, what you’re bringing, and what environment you’re exploring.

Now, I’m not trying to fear monger or give the impression that traveling is dangerous, but you have to keep your head on your shoulders, which is easier today than ever before, thanks to research, lived experiences, literature, and technology. If you ever find yourself in a sticky situation, one of the unique gadgets listed below may be able to save your life.

Though there are many metaphorical life-saving travel items (think: neck pillows, ziplock bags, fanny-packs, wet wipes, packing cubes, and the list goes on), we’re going to focus on literal life-saving gadgets, any one of which could end up being your savior. You never know when some of these items will come in handy, whether in hostile and unforgiving environments or in everyday scenarios.

MULTITOOL

This might be one of the first things that comes to mind if you’re heading out into the wilderness. Multitools have long been the best friend of hikers, campers, and nature lovers. The Coleman Multi-Tool Lighter combines some of the typical tools you may expect – knife, saw, file, bottle opener – with an added bonus: fire. Sure, opening a beer is not necessarily a life-saver, but the other tiny yet versatile tools can definitely make a difference. Having something as simple and small as a lighter can be a game changer if you’re ever stuck in the wild for the night – you can light your way, cook your food, make a fire to stay warm, and a lot more.

BIOLITE CAMP STOVE

Bringing a small stove on multi-day camping trips is generally a must, unless you’re a true wilderness survival expert and know how to source and cook your own food. As we all know, the difference between being able to eat or not eat a meal can sometimes mean life or death. The BioLite Campstove 2 is small, portable, and very user-friendly. The camp-ready stove can be used to keep warm and cook meals. The heat from its flames is converted into electricity, which fills its internal battery, allowing users to power-up their phone or other USB-powered devices. The 1 kg stove burns twigs, pinecones, and other biomass, and also combines a FlexLight to illuminate your cooking.

UV WATER PURIFIER

Having access to clean drinking water while traveling is an absolute must. UV water purifiers make that easy. The Camelbak All Clear Water Purifier has a UV lamp built into the top of the bottle, which disrupts the DNA of bacteria and viruses, making the water safe to drink. Although it uses complex technology to purify water, it’s very simple to use – all you have to do is fill it up, turn on the bulb timer, and agitate the water while it counts down. After one minute is up, you’re ready to drink clean water that you took from a stream or a tap that very well may have been contaminated. The UV bulb will last for 10,000 treatments. You can also consider using water purifying tablets, or other UV water purifiers, such as the handheld SteriPEN.

SAMS WETSUIT

As all divers know, any time you’re in the water, the threat from ocean life is very real at all times, whether you can see it or not. Sure, you’re not going to be carrying a wetsuit around unless you’re a diving addict, but this ingenious suit can indeed save your life. The SAMS (Shark Attack Mitigation System) Wetsuit uses visual technology that is applied to the suit’s exterior to try and reduce the risk of shark attacks. The designs are based on new scientific findings about shark vision and shark behavior effects, according to the SMS website. There are two main design strategies: elude and diverter. The first uses disruption coloration and shaping, which works to hide the person wearing the suit in the water. The second is to openly present the person in the suit as something unpalatable to a shark.

When traveling, it’s important to remember not to overpack and bring things with you that you wouldn’t normally use when you’re at home. On the other hand, it’s important to keep your health and safety in mind and take the necessary precautions that will lead you out of harm’s way. Other simple life-saving items include a compass, duct tape, a whistle, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a bushcraft first aid book, a blanket, a backup charger, as well as a couple of non-packable things – common sense and survival knowledge.

Is there a gadget or item that has saved your life while traveling?

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