Hypothermia, uncooked foods, and being unable to start a campfire are some of the worst things you can experience when camping in the wilderness. Getting the fire started can be a challenge especially to those who didn’t have survival training or haven’t experienced getting stuck and making use of the resources they can find. This generation of campers and backpackers are lucky because of the many resources they can bring and use to make outdoor adventures more bearable.
One of the most important survival tools you need in camping, backpacking, and other outdoor activities is a reliable fire starter. Why not bring matches or lighters? Sure, you can bring them just in case you want to be sure things will go fine in the heating department, but matches can get wet and lighters will run out of fluid. Fire starters, however, are your emergency go-to, can last longer, and some even withstand water and other conditions. You can pack additional materials to accelerate the fire starting such as cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly, tinder, dried lint, or candles.
So, before you head out to your next adventure, here are the top fire starters for camping and the outdoors that you can bring to spark your trip.