Do you love the outdoors? Yes? Thought so! Do you regularly go hiking, biking, camping, or snowshoeing? It’s great for your health, both physically and mentally, so get outside as much as possible, okay?
Also keep on reading for the top 5 things that you shouldn’t forget when you go outside, including the Lunette Cup.
#1 Thing to Not Forget: Cell Phone
Although there isn’t cell reception every single place that you go, it’s still prudent to bring your cell phone in case there is. You might need it in case of emergency. Perhaps you’re hiking, and run across someone who’s broken their leg. They’re not going to be able to get off the mountain under their own steam, so you’ll need to call for help.
Your cell-phone, even if there is no reception can often tell you the roughly where you are, in case you get lost. Some apps are specially designed for this as well, and you can upload maps before you go somewhere.
Finally, your cell-phone can also act as a flashlight, should you happen to get stuck outside longer than planned.
Don’t forget to make sure your cell phone is fully charged up before heading outside. You could also consider carrying a spare battery pack and cord as well just in case of emergency.
Quick Tip: if you’re going to be outside cell range, turn your phone off, or onto airplane mode. It’ll save a ton of battery juice. Just turn it on in case of emergency.
#2 Thing to Not Forget: Water
Water is life! You can survive quite a number of days without food, but no water, especially if it’s hot outside? Well, not so long! If there is one thing that you absolutely shouldn’t forget, it’s your water bottle.
How much to bring? The most important factor is the weather. If it’s hot enough to sweat, you’ll need a lot more than if not.
Also consider if you can refill your water bottle at some point during your journey. If yes, you can carry less. But, don’t forget your water treatment kit if you’re filling up in a lake or river.
#3 Thing to Not Forget: First Aid Kit
Things happen, which are impossible to predict. That’s why you should always carry a basic first aid kit with you. You’ll probably never have to use it for anything beyond a bandage for a blister, but you just never know. When you need it, you need it.
You can buy a ready-made first aid kit at an outdoors store. Or, look online for a list, and then build your own from stuff you probably already have at home.
A few extra that I like to include in my first aid kit for the outdoors includes:
- Micro Leatherman Knife
- Paracord bracelet with whistle
- Water treatment drops
- Lighter, matches and a candle
#4 Thing to Not Forget: Lunette Cup
When you’re outdoors, don’t forget your Lunette Cup. We much prefer this option than tampons or pads for a few different reasons:
- No trash. A common rule of the outdoors is “Leave No Trace.” Menstrual cups like the Lunette Cup create no waste at all.
- Higher Capacity. The Lunette Cup has a capacity 3x more than a jumbo tampon. Who wants to stop an adventure to deal with their tampon? Not us!
- Less to carry. If you’re going on a multi-day expedition, and worry that you might start your period, carry the Lunette Cup. It’s smaller and lighter than pads or tampons for multiple days.
- Easy to insert. It’s not as difficult as you might think to insert a menstrual cup. For more details, check out: How to Fold and Insert the Lunette.
We’ve done a full review of the Lunette Menstrual Cups. Check it out here.
Still not sure about it? Check out this: What Happened When I Switched to the Lunette.
#5 Thing to Not Forget: Survival Gear
Whenever you go outdoors for anything beyond an urban walk, you should think to yourself, “Can I survive the night with what I have in my backpack?” If the answer is no, you need some more survival gear.
Not that you have to be comfortable should you have to spend the night outdoors, just enough so that you won’t die!
Even in summer, I’ll always have the following:
- Pair of light gloves and a warm hat
- Extra jacket
- Emergency space blanket
- A granola bar or two that I don’t plan to eat under normal circumstances
- Some extra water
In winter, I’ll carry far more than this.
Basic Survival Gear for Hiking
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