INDIVIDUAL TEN ESSENTIALS
Pocket Knife Swiss Army or multi-function types work best. Always keep it sharp and clean. Lubricate with mineral oil.
First Aid Kit Band-Aids, small roll of adhesive tape, gauze pads, personal supply of analgesics and antiseptics, Mole-skin, pencil & note paper.
Rain Gear & Extra Clothing Poncho or even a trash bag will work, but a good rain suit is hard to beat. Always carry spare clothing to change into if you get wet. Wool or polypropylene fleece work best as year round clothing materials.
Canteen A quart will usually get you from one water source to the next; but for safety’s sake you should carry two. On all long term (5 or more days/50 or more miles) treks or when in high altitude or high temperature, carry three.
Flashlight Finding your way in the dark is tough. Bring extra batteries & spare bulb. Reverse the batteries when storing so they won’t be dead when needed.
Fire Starting Kit Wooden strike-anywhere matches in a waterproof container; fire starters to help get a blaze going when you’re stuck with damp wood.
Sun Protection Sunglasses, sunscreen, brimmed hat, lip balm, long sleeves & trouser leggings.
Map and Compass To set your route, find your position, anticipate terrain ahead.
Whistle and Signal Mirror To help rescuers find you when you’re lost or injured; to make you a more effective member of a search & rescue team.
Emergency Food Oatmeal, soup envelopes, or any energy providing food that requires water for preparation & consumption. To eat when water is not available is to invite dehydration.
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