Whether mountain-hiking, camping, or driving aimlessly into the middle of nowhere, it’s better to pack more than just CPS and your usual toys. We were thinking something along these lines…
1 BEAR GRYLLS’ MULTI TOOL
Has two good-sized compact blades, needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, fine-edge and serrated knives, plus a small booklet with survival tips from Mr. Grylls himself. And yeah, a bottle opener, too (always an essential). While we’re disappointed that a product with the Bear’s name doesn’t have a built-in urine filter—so we, too, can experience the joy of drinking our own piss—this Gerber-made Bear Grylls’ multi-tool is surprisingly versatile.
Score for: P1,490 (R.O.X.)
2 NIGHTLY FLEXIBILITY
Six lumens on a 10-hour charge, waterproof, and handy for dropped car keys. But what really makes the Nite Ize BugLit Micro Flashlight special is its four bendy “legs,» which allow you to prop it on a table, wrap it around a twig, or hang it up wherever, leaving your hands completely free to do, erm, what needs to be done in the dark.
Score for: P510 (Handyman)
3 GEAR RAINCOAT
Bags and keeps sensitive electronics like your mobile phone, dry. Coghlan’s 4” x 6” Dry Pouch is made of specially built- in plastic that allows thumbs to operate the touchscreen device inside it. Plus the elaborate locking mechanism at the top seals contents in tighter and dryer than typical plastic bag- with-rubber band solutions. Its best feature? It floats on water.
Score for: P1,200 (R.O.X.)
4 RETURN TO BASICS
A chunky, idiot-proof, point-and- shoot that doesn’t mind if you drop it, take a dive in the pool with it, or trickle toyo on it. The Nikon s30’s 10MP photos and fun artsy filter functions are modern enough, and conveniently old school enough (AA-battery powered) to bring along. Photos aren’t as hot as your DSLR in indoor use, but this is why you’re outside and taking it with you.
Score for: P6,200 (Automatic Center)
5 WRIST TAGS
Coils and uncoils on your wrist, arm or ankles at a slap. Press the Nite Ize Slaplit LED slap wrap button once to see it glow red, press it twice for the light to start flashing, and press it again to turn the light off. When you retire from that road trip, you can use it at rave parties, too.
Score for: P415 (Handyman)
6 MODERN STICKS AND STONES
Essentially a solid block of magnesium with a flint striker on one side, Coughlan’s Magnesium Fire Starter sure beats hitting two stones against each other. Just assemble a small tinder pile (grass, wood), use the back of a knife to scrape some magnesium shavings onto the tinder, then turn the block around and run your knife quickly against the flint striker—and, voila! Instant fire.
Score for: P690 (Handyman)
7 MOBILE POWER-UP
Better than your regular wall- socket charger because it can speed-charge your smartphone to full battery in 15 to 20 minutes. Noontech’s 4000 mAh lithium polymer battery packs enough juice to charge an iPhone thrice over, and four other differently- pronged mobile devices one at a time. So you can continue stalking that crush on mobile Facebook, even in the middle of nowhere.
Score for: P3,500 (Automatic Center)