Outdoor Gear That Can Fit In Your Pocket

pants-pocketsWhen it comes to outdoor gear, it’s the big boys that get all the credit. People will of course think of tents, hiking backpacks, and a sturdy pair of hiking boots. They might even think of a rustic single bit axe, a wool blanket, or some equally iconic bit of outdoor gear. However, these aren’t always the most essential items to take outdoors. Sometimes it’s the little guys, the small items that are easy to forget, that are the most important to pack. Here is some important outdoor gear that’s small enough to fit in your pocket.


You might not always need to start a fire while you’re outdoors, but you should at least have the option should the need arise.


A knife is a practical and versatile tool that can be used for everything from opening a stubborn food wrapper, to cutting medical tape, to helping in survival situations.

Space blanket

This is definitely a worst case scenario item, but it could save your life. Space blankets, or emergency blankets, can be used in a pinch to prevent freezing or hypothermia, and can be used to signal help.

Emergency poncho

A waterproof poncho is your best friend if you’re ever caught in an unexpected rain shower.

Water purification tablets/drops

Just because water is crystal clear doesn’t mean it’s safe to drink. Water purification is the only way to ensure that water found in nature is potable.


A compass tells you cardinal direction. This can be helpful in staying on the right track, or finding your way if you get lost. The thing about a compass, though, is that it’s only useful if you know how to navigate. Knowing which way is north is useless if you don’t know where you are, and you don’t have knowledge of the surrounding area.

550 paracord

A little bit of rope or cordage comes in handy more often than you would think. There are tons of uses for 550 paracord.

Basis Gear put together a great article with even more uses for paracord!


Little cuts, scrapes, bumps, and abrasions happen while you’re spending time out in nature. Most of the time, these little injuries don’t require any attention, but sometimes you need a bandage or some medical tape to stop bleeding or cover a wound.

Antibiotic ointment

For cuts that require a little more attention, apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.


Bandanas are great multipurpose items that you should always bring with you. They can be used for cleaning, medical purposes, sun protection, water filtration, and more!

Of course, even if you have enormous pockets that can fit everything from the list above, you wouldn’t want to carry all of these items in your trousers. There’s a reason for hiking backpacks and hiking daypacks. Stop by Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters for any of your outdoor gear needs!

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