by Sean Murphy
When asked “What is the one essential item you need to take with you when hiking?” – what would be your answer?
Some would say a GPS device, some would say lots of water, a map or perhaps even a mirror to use as a signalling device if they ever found themselves lost. All of these, of course, would be perfect, but when you are restricted with weight and you need to prepare for the worst, the answer would be something light weight and something that could save your life.
The 360 Degrees Emergency blanket is the essential item. In fact, it’s the essential first aid item. Weighing only 50 grams you’d hardly know it was in your backpack. It folds out to be 130 by 210 cm which is more than enough to cover yourself, or use as a ground sheet. Being waterproof and windproof, it is the ideal protection to keep you safe from the elements.
Even in Australia, we need to prepare for both extremities. Heat will always be the main climate to survive in, but don’t be fooled. It’s when the sun goes down and temperatures plummet that you realise it can get dangerously cold in a country known for warm weather. Hypothermia and hyperthermia are both a harsh reality when it comes to hiking. Both conditions are extremely dangerous as it causes disorientation, muscle dysfunction, low blood pressure and nausea. Not the symptoms you’d want to suffer while stranded out in the wilderness
One layer of the blanket is coloured gold, while the other is silver. Using the emergency blanket to keep warm and prevent hypothermia, turn the silver side inwards to reflect 90% of body heat. Reverse the blanket around so the silver side is facing outwards, creates shade and reflects the heat of the sun to avoid hyperthermia. Ultimately, the emergency blanket is an essential addition to any first aid kit.
The 360 Degrees Emergency Blanket is just one of many survival products currently stocked by Adventure Survival Gear.