Camping Essentials: The Knife

Camping in different climates necessitates different needs.  Snow camping is obviously different from camping on desert plains, so having the right gear for the right environment is crucial for a successful trip.  There are, however, a couple of essentials that transcend location and are just good tools to have anywhere you camp.

A good knife, for instance.

Knives come in all shapes and sizes: pocket knives, hunting knives, tactical knives, fillet knives, kitchen knives, and the list goes on.  For general camping, I recommend a reliable folding knife.


Typically fashioned with a single blade that makes the body slim and comfortable (not bulky like some multitools or pocket knives), the folding knife often includes a belt or pocket clip, maximizing portability.

If well-kept, the blade is strong and sharp, and proves efficient in a variety of circumstances–everything from whittling mallow sticks to cutting twine to preparing grub.

Additionally, folding knives also come equipped with various features like lock-back technology, droppoint blades, serrated or partially-serrated blades, one-handed opening technology, etc.  The knives are customizable to your specific needs and interests.

Whether you’re camping out in the wilderness or in a car site, you never know when a good knife will come in handy–which is exactly why you should have one on-hand at all times.

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