I never was a girl scout. I like to be prepared for anything though. My “always prepared” motto is front-of-mind when I go for day hikes. I like to bring enough stuff with me that I feel confident I could survive a night in the wilderness in case something went wrong.
“Emergency” items I bring on hikes usually include a small first aid kit, a fresh pair of socks (that can also double as mittens), a hat, a headlamp, a light jacket, and extra food and water.
I do realize that, while those things may help me survive, those things aren’t a “survival kit”. This year, since I have been doing more solo hiking, I think I owe it to myself, my hubby, and my family to bring a REAL survival kit along.
My desire to be safer is balanced with my desire to not carry a lot of crap that adds weight to my pack. Hiking the really steep Mailbox Peak Trail made me conscious of every extra ounce.
I found my perfect solution the other day when I discovered the Wazoo Survival Gear Adventure Bracelet. The gang over there was kind enough to send me one in exchange for my honest review.
At first glance it looks like one of those paracord bracelets that have become popular over the last few years. I never got how one line of string on steroids could provide what you need to survive.
The Wazoo Survival Gear Adventure Bracelet may look like your average paracord bracelet at first glance but its not even in the same category. It’s a a survival toolbox you can wear on your wrist.
Inside the paracord bracelet are 16 or more components (depending on the options you choose) that will help you overcome life-threatening situations.
The Adventure survival bracelet includes:
- Ceramic blade and firesteel striker
- Striker blade
- Fishing line
- Fish hooks
- Split-shot weights
- Safety pins
- First aid tinder packets (antibiotic pain relief dressing OR fire tinder)
- Zip ties
- Safety pins
- Glow light
- Retro reflector
- Surgical tubing
- Ranger bands
- Handcuff key (umm…in case of unlawful detainment?)
You have to watch this video to really get how cool it is though
Because of all of the survival stuff inside the bracelet, it is a little stiff. I have worn it for a couple of days straight hoping it would soften up. It hasn’t but it’s not uncomfortable. I forget it is there for the most part.
It was fun customizing my bracelet. When you order, you get to choose the colors of paracord they use to weave the bracelet. I also asked for the handcuff key just for the fun of it.
This bracelet will make me more prepared for emergencies than I every was before. When I wear it I feel like survivalist Bear Grylls…although I no doubt have more gadgets to help me out than he ever does.
I’m excited that I can wear a survival kit on my wrist instead of stuffing more bulky, heavy things into my pack. When I go on longer hikes, and there is a risk of getting stuck out in the woods for days, I will bring an additional survival kit. I plan to wear this bracelet on all of my hikes from now on though.
Another cool thing is that they sent me this really nice note with my bracelet and said they have a survival collar for dogs in the works! I can’t wait to check it out.
Disclaimer: I received the Wazoo Survival Gear Adventure Bracelet for free from Wazoo Survival Gear, as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations, in consideration for review. While I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Adventure Bracelet, YouDidWhatWithYourWeiner.com only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers and everything we say is really how we feel.