Emergency Preparedness

Whether you are 5, 10, 25, or 100 miles from civilization or cell phone signal, most experts agree you should carry the 10 essentials. This packing list was designed by The Mountaineers to ensure that hikers could respond positively to an accident or emergency, and remain safe if forced to spend one or more nights out.

10 essentials

  • Navigation (map & compass)
  • Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  • Insulation (extra clothing)
  • Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  • First-aid supplies
  • Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  • Repair kit and tools
  • Nutrition (extra food)
  • Hydration (extra water)
  • Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)

Details of the 10 Essentials can be found using the below links:

First Aid Kit Examples:

Resources:

Jan’s Tips:

  • Don’t depend on others for your emergency needs, be self sufficient!
  • Revamp your kit based on weather, trip length, group composition, new medications, allergies, etc.
  • Review your kit regularly, replace used items, replace batteries, etc.
  • Be mindful of weight and dimensions of your kit; it can quickly add a pound or more to your base weight.
  • Include a snack ziplock bag with your ID, $20, a list of your medications, allergies, vaccinations, emergency contact info, etc., your medical insurance card, and if driving your insurance ID and your car registration (don’t leave it in your vehicle at the trailhead).

Fail to Plan = Plan to Fail

 

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