The tool in the picture costs around 10 and weighs 875g, so, for what it is, it's actually pretty lightweight. It isn't the heaviest duty tool in the world, but it's strong enough for most things. Featuring a saw, spade (with a built in tin opener), and an axe, it is weighted well, and comes in very handy.

As the name suggests, parachute cord was originally used as cord for parachuting. Made of an outer nylon sheath and multiple inner cores, paracord can be used for repairs, tying items to backpacks, and any other task requiring lightweight cordage. The ends can be melted after cutting to length to prevent fraying.

3 Watchstrap CompassYou should always carry a proper compass for navigation. However, an inexpensive addition to your attire is a watchstrap compass. You can pick one of these up for around 3, and they come in extremely handy for quickly checking directions and landmarks on the fly.

I also carry a wire saw in my pack.

WARNING!! Do not use on salt water!!! But, you can use it on pretty much everything else.

This straw features a range of filter systems, some of which are replaceable, and it will remove everything over 0.05 microns in size. The flow rate is around 200ml/min. This rate slows as the filters become more filled. The more turbid the water, the shorter the life of the straw. Assuming you won't be drawing up swamp goo, the straw should last a few months, but it is recommended it is replaced after around the 6 month mark.

There's nothing worse than getting to the end of a tiring day and fighting to erect your tent as the rain and wind attack you from all sides, with the light failing. Packing a few extra lightweight pegs to suit all eventualities can take the pressure off, so you can kick your boots off!

Parachute cord, or para cord for short, is a cheap, lightweight, extremely strong, and versatile cord that is easy to get hold of, and can come in extremely handy when out and about.

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Look for a poncho that has good, strong eyelets around the edges, for attaching cord and such like. This is because the poncho has another use. This type of poncho can be used as a shelter, or basha. By attaching good cord, such as paracord (the next item), to the eyelets, you can fix the poncho in a variety of different styles (for instance, as a flat sheet, or as a ridge) and rig up a shelter from the elements in just a few minutes.

Everybody knows the essential items they need when out in the woods. Nobody wants to be carrying too much, and these items, sleeping bag, tent, food etc. generally make up the majority of your pack weight.

1 Poncho (Military)By poncho, I mean a military style, waterproof poncho, such as the one pictured to the right. These large ponchos can be picked up new for less than 20 and are large enough to keep you and an extremely large pack dry when on the move.

As mentioned above, paracord is ideal for attaching to a poncho, to enable it to be used as a shelter.

I have Women Canada Goose Camp Down Hoody Blue Australia attached a NATO strap on the watch in the picture. These straps are easy to fit and are extremely versatile, making adding items far simpler.

Should you need to dig a pit in hard ground to shelter your fire, you have the tool. If firewood is sparse and you have to cut logs into smaller pieces, or branches from the trees, you have a saw and axe at the ready.

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If the ground is hard, use a smaller peg. If the ground is especially soft and peaty, and your pegs keep pulling out, use a longer, textured peg for extra grip.

In fact, in warmer months I don't take a tent out with me as I sleep under my poncho. I recently spent some weeks in the Spring, in Switzerland and France, sleeping under mine, which easily creates a large enough shelter for two people.

Are You Prepared for Every Eventuality?When it comes to camping and hiking, keeping weight down is a top priority for all but the most hardy or sadistic adventurer.

Pegs are cheap and aluminium ones are lightweight.

The cores can be used a sewing thread or fishing line

You should always carry water purification tablets with you to make harvested water safe for you to drink. I also like to carry a filter straw, especially in hot and remote environments. The straw pictured costs around 15 and can filter on average 1000L of water. The straw will simply cease to work when it has expired.

Paracord can be purchased online, with 50ft costing around 3

Most people also know the list of essential items you SHOULD carry. first aid. needle and thread. flint and steel. whistle. waterproof matches. water purification tablets. windproof lighter. etc etc

Seven cored 550 cord is the most popular and commonly used paracord, due to it's versatility

In this hub, I have drawn from years of experience of hiking, exploring and living in the wilds, to put together a short list of inexpensive and mostly lightweight items that I would highly recommend to any explorer; items that have come in handy and genuinely saved the day many times. I hope they can do likewise for you

The straw will remove all debris, as well as bacteria and other organisms. Smell and colour are also generally removed.

Carrying a length of nylon webbing and a couple plastic buckles can also be useful

If you're off on a bit of mission, and you'll be taking in a different terrain, stick a few extra pegs in your bag. This might seem like overkill, but pegs weigh very little, so stick a few larger and smaller ones in.

Imagine, it's pouring with rain, and the wind is howling, and the fog has dropped. You've checked ahead on the map, but when you get to the junction of paths, it is not clear which one you need to take, or even if you're in the right place. A quick glance at the map tells you, you need to be taking the South exit. A quick look at your wrist confirms that you're heading in the right direction and which exit is yours. This little time saver has helped me out countless times.

If you pull the cores from a length of paracord, the sheath can be used as an emergency boot lace