Lighter In The Hat
Staying comfortable outdoors is difficult in wet, soak you to the bone, conditions. Think early season snow storms while elk hunting or non stop rain while chasing steelhead. Weather you are out for multiple days or just trying to get warm midday, lighting the stove to make a hot drink or starting a fire to warm your core might be in order.
Despite all the various survival methods for creating fire, I’ve always been a simple Bic lighter type of guy. With time outdoors in wet, cold environments from Scandanavia to Alaska and Montana to Patagonia it has never let me down.
But the Bic lighter can struggle when wet. A number of years ago I learned a trick that has come through for me on numerous occasions. Simply stick the lighter in your hat. I suppose any dry warm place would do, but tucked up inside a beanie next to your warm head the lighter will dry quickly. You are also less likely to lose it in the dirt while tending to the fire or stove.