When choosing a backpack , you’ll want to take into consideration what kind of adventure you’ll be taking and the emergency tool kits to bring. Basically, backpacks fall into three types – day packs, internal frame packs and external frame packs.
Emergency Tool Kits
Day packs are exactly what they’d seem, a pack for day hikes, climbs or bike rides. Normally soft-backed or frameless, these packs are lightweight and build for loads between 10 and 15 pounds.
Internal Frame Backpacks
Constructed for bigger, heavier loads of 15 pounds and up, these packs feature aluminum, plastic or polymer rods located within the backpack and should hug the contours of the back, transferring most weight to the hip area. These should come with a good, supportive hip belt and are useful for activities from climbing and skiing to rugged hiking. Pack properly to keep weight well-balanced and stable.
External Frame Backpacks
Made for the heavy loads necessary for lengthy wilderness trips, these packs hang off an external frame, taking the weight further from your back, offering the higher center of gravity that will allow more of an upright posture. Externals like sleeping bag, food and your tent are strapped to the frame.
Whether you’re headed out for an afternoon’s hike a week’s tough trek through the mountains, one of the backpack essentials you’ll need is a multi-purpose emergency tool kit, providing a compact assortment of camping and hiking necessities from screwdrivers and flashlights to fish hooks. Following are a few of the most popular kits.
1. Lifeline 26-Piece Ultralight Survival Kit
This lightweight, comprehensive emergency tool kits have all the basics and weighs only 5.5 ounces. All rolled up in a sturdy, weatherproof bag you’ll find a dozen first aid and survival items including a surgical blade, emergency whistle, 10-foot survival cord, compass, fire starter, survival blanket, fishing hooks and 50 feet of 10-pound fishing line.
2. Gerber 31-001047 Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Pack with Multitool, Flashlight, and Fire Starter
Packing a punch at an amazing price, this top-of-the line workhorse has everything you’d need in a backwoods emergency. Sturdy multi-tool features 12 components, including wire cutters, wood saw and screw drivers, all of which lock for safety and dependability. With four hours of run time on just one AAA battery, high LED output tempo flashlight boasts rugged construction and an anodized aluminum body. Tuck it all in the six-inch long plastic sheath along with the fire starter rod and you’re ready for anything. There’s even a “Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide”.
3. Chafon New Mini Compact Multifunctional Emergency Shovel
With thirty vital emergency functions packed into one neat package, this top-selling survival kit includes a shovel head, flashlight, fire starter, wire cutter, hammers, ax, knife and screwdriver, all tucked into a waterproof hollow tube with high quality rings. Weighing just 3.3 pounds, the kit is 33.4 inches long.
4. Crazy Shopping Mini Camping Survival Tool Kit
Easy to carry and budget-priced, this mini tool kit is easy to tuck away in your backpack with its compact 3.7 x 2.6-inch measurements. A little over an inch deep, sturdy box contains a wire saw, compass, whistle, fire starter, pliers with flashlight and a multi-function card knife.
5. Ultimate Survival Technologies Micro Survival Kit
Small, lightweight and super portable, this little survival kit won’t take up much room in your efficiently packed backpack. Compact, highly effective micro-tools are tucked into a re-sealable waterproof bag and include a razor saw, fire starter, tinder cubes and button compass.