3. Invest in a good knife
If you want to start hanging out in the backcountry, it’s a good idea to start getting used to carrying a knife around with you. Knives are important when in the wild for a ton of reasons—like cutting cord, preparing food, making tinder for the fire, opening packets, whittling some wood—and you shouldn’t venture out without one, whether a single-blade knife, multi-tool, or Swiss Army type.
So don’t pick up some low-quality, bargain-bin knife you found in a basket at the convenience store or on sale at a department store. You’ll want to spend at least around $30–$40 for a decent knife that will keep an edge, easily accept an edge when sharpening, and won’t fall apart when put to the test. A good example: The Persistence G-10 folding knife by Spyderco ($38, amazon.com).Back to top