Wilderness Trekking School has come to an end with the completion of Survival Field Day. Survival Day was an opportunity to learn and practice basic survival skills. During the entire course, we have learned that day hikes usually go as planned, however, stressful situations can happen when we least expect it and one should always be prepared for the unexpected.
When hiking for more than a couple of miles, you should always pack the 10 essentials to be prepared for any emergency situation. These items will be invaluable if someone becomes injured, you become lost, or you have to spend the night in the wilderness.
- Navigation (map and compass). FYI – The alcohol in the compass can also be used as a fire accelerant.
- Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
- First-aid supplies. You need more than just a couple of band-aids.
- Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles). Vaseline saturated cotton balls and greasy potato chips can also be used as fire starters.
- Repair kit and tools
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Hydration (extra water)
- Emergency shelter. Many lightweight tents only weigh between 1-2 pounds.
Remember the 7 P’s: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
If interested in learning more, click here for the WTS Survival Guide by Nick Weighton.
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