Investing in a rescue whistle
Most of us have been playing with whistles since we were little kids. Strutting about and blasting away in high pitched squeals that annoyed our parents to no end.
But when you stop to think about it, the whistle is an incredible invention. It’s a small handheld device that turns your exhale into a high-pitched, piercing screech.
It doesn’t scream words. It doesn’t emit flashing lights, it doesn’t send out radio signals. But if you’re hiking and you hear a loud whistle blasting off off-trail, you know exactly what’s going on. Someone’s in trouble and they need your help.
That's why emergency whistles are a prime example of non-verbal communication.
Owning a good survival whistle is important. Many outdoor backpacks include a survival whistle built into the buckle clips. So even if you forget to pack your emergency whistle, you can still have one at all times. Whether you’re in the woods, the mountains, at sea, or in a city.
But these small built-in buckle whistles are cheap, not 100% reliable and not the loudest option available. So even if your backpack has one built in, I still recommend investing in a high-quality survival whistle. Then stashing it in inside your backpack or bug out bag or adding to your keychain