My family and I are avid outdoors”men.” We often go out into the desert and mountains to off-road, hike, and camp. If you’re like us, or maybe you’re someone who likes to be out walking in the fresh air, whether that be in a park, up a mountain, or in a city, you might not realize how many risks and potential dangers there can be. Of course, it’s mostly a really fun, enjoyable pastime, but here are some gadgets that might help keep you safe on your adventures. It’s important to keep your wits about you wherever you are strolling.
A personal alarm
These little devices will fit on a keychain but can make an ear-splitting sound when activated, which will hopefully be enough to scare off any attackers and alert people nearby that you are in trouble. If you’re walking at night, this is a must-have, and if you know anyone vulnerable, you should insist that they carry one of these with them at all times. It is easily activated (and can be switched off if it’s done by mistake!) and is ideal for if you can’t run or shout for help. You could also add to the same keychain a mini bottle of pepper spray or mace for use in emergencies, just in case you are attacked.
Any sort of multitool can provide you with a whole bunch of uses – from self-defense to cutting yourself free. Get one with a torch on if possible, as that will come in useful in a variety of situations that you might find yourself in on a day-to-day basis. You can also get some that are specifically designed for cars, which allow you to smash open the window easily and cut yourself out of your seatbelt should you need to. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
A bushcraft survival tin
Especially if you like to hike in the mountains, this small tin filled with everything from water bags and safety matches to water purification tablets and a loud whistle is a must-have. It’s small enough to carry around with you without worrying about extra weight and bulk, but there is plenty inside it to keep you safe if you were to get stranded.
A portable phone charger
There’s nothing worse than needing your phone and it’s dead. There are two great options to help keep your phone charged in case you’d ever need it. There are battery packs you charge at home then can plug into when out. There are also solar phone chargers that harness the power of the sun and charge your phone.ost smartphones now have a compass, a torch, maps, and of course, the ability to phone for help if needed, not to mention useful apps and access to the internet at the push of a button. Of course, if your phone runs out of battery, it’s nothing more than an expensive paperweight, so being able to charge it on the go will make a big difference.
If you, or someone you love, are often out and about on their own, these are a few little items that could make things easier and safer for them on their adventures. Remember, if you are injured in a pedestrian collision, you should contact a New York based PI lawyer for information on your next steps.