Regardless of where you go hiking, there are things that can be done
to aid in your safety and below is a simple list of ten essential items that
if carried and used properly can aid in your survival odds in the wilderness
if you become lost or even injured while enjoying the great outdoors.
THE TEN ESSENTIALS
To provide for proper safety and shelter in the wilderness, always carry
the following minimum equipment with you:
1) Map of area
3) Extra clothing
4) Extra food
5) First aid kit
6) Waterproof matches
7) Fire starter
8) Waterproof flashlight
10) Pocket knife
Other items proven useful include a whistle, rope, large trash bags,
rain gear, wool clothing, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen. Remember,
these items will be of little value, with out the knowledge of how to put
them to use in an emergency.
This list is only the barest essentials and for your comfort, additional
items will be needed depending on your planned destination and time of year.
A cell phone and/or a GPS unit are more modern items that can be added to
your list of items to carry, but do not substitute the tried and true items
above thinking that these will be enough. For lots of different reasons,
including but not limited to, low or dead batteries, poor training or no
training on how to use the equipment properly not to mention it becoming
damaged in a fall or other mishap.
If you follow common sense rules of being outdoors, carry the essential
items for survival and have the knowledge of how to use them you increase
your chances of survival if the unthinkable should happen to you or your