One small unassuming item you must add to your travel kit bag is an emergency whistle.
Emergency whistles can be used to attract attention, summon help, or send out a warning or distress signal. It can act as an alarm if you are threatened and can deter muggers or attackers by drawing attention. If you are in the wilderness hiking or camping, it is a must-have survival item.
Emergency Whistles: Essential for Camping or Hiking
When you are hiking or camping you should always carry an emergency whistle. You can attach emergency whistles to the outside of your clothing, to your wrist or bag. Bear in mind that they need to be somewhere you can easily reach it if you fall or are injured.
The international emergency distress signal is either three or six short bursts on the whistle (or flashes from a torch) for a minute, then silence for a minute, then repeat. Within the UK and central/western Europe, six blasts tends to be the standard, whereas other places will use three. In either case, it will be recognised as an emergency. Responders will use a similar three-blast pattern.
The sound of a whistle carries across great distances and the 120db provided by this whistle is powerful enough to attract help from afar.
Using an Emergency Whistle While Travelling
Even if you aren’t injured or lost a whistle can be used around camp to scare off wildlife or alert people to fires or other emergencies. In your accommodation, you can use a whistle to scare off intruders or attract help and alert others. It can work the same way when you are out and about – to scare off pickpockets, muggers or thieves and draw attention from passers-by who can help.
- This emergency whistle comes in a pack of two. So you can give one to a travel companion, keep a spare backup, or keep them in different areas of your person or luggage.
- This emergency whistle is small and lightweight so will be unnoticeable among your luggage. There is no excuse to not travel without one!