It can handle 250kg of weight (more if you wrap it up) and will pull you out of any sticky situation, whether it’s using it as a makeshift tow rope or laying a booby trap for the army of undead on your tail. A survival essential.
R250 CAPE UNION MART
Folds into a credit cardsized sheet to stash in your wallet. You’ll never be stranded without a decent cutter (it’s made from surgical steel). Good news if your father-in-law is serving up his signature overcooked steaks.
R2 200 TAKEALOT.COM
The night-time toilet run, or being caught in the dark during a hike – you’ll need to get lit. This flashlight comes at a price, but you’re buying reliability. It’s the difference between a blackout and making it back to your tent.
R720 OUTDOOR WAREHOUSE
Packing a multitool is never a waste of space. Why? With 14 tools including pliers, screwdriver – and most importantly, a bottle opener – built into its pocket-sized frame there isn’t much the Leatherman can’t do.
Three short blasts – the international call for help – will alert anyone nearby that you’re in a bind. Also perfect for distracting the zombie, um, camping hordes. This one has a thermometer and compass for good measure.
COGHLAN’S WATERPROOF MATCHES
R45 OUTDOOR WAREHOUSE
When the weather turns bad, regular matches just won’t do the job. This waterproof set will still strike up a flame whether it’s bucketing down or you dropped the bucket all over your gear, you clumsy git.
ROTHCO POLARSHIELD EMERGENCY BLANKET
Veteran hiker Gavin Raubenheimer says an emergency blanket will save your life if you find yourself lost without a light. It keeps you insulated and can double up as an extra layer for your sleeping bag when temps drop.