Another Discussion on the Ten Essentials

Pete Nelson is writing a series on safety in back country  in the Adirondack Almanack.  Part of that discussion covers the famous “Ten Essential” which everyone should carry regardless of the length of the planned trip.  Pete hedges his bets a little by providing 10 categories of items which result in carrying more than just 10 items.  Here is a result: a “typical list” of the ten essentials for basic survival and safety in the back country.

  1. Navigation: map, compass
  2. Sun Protection: sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses
  3. Insulation: Sweater, pants, gloves, hat, waterproof shell
  4. Illumination: headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries
  5. First-Aid Kit
  6. Fire: matches/lighter, waterproof container, fire starting mechanism
  7. Repair/Cutting Items: multi-tool, duct tape, knife, extra laces
  8. Nutrition: energy food, extra day’s supply of food
  9. Hydration: water bottles or hydration system, water filter or other treatment system
  10. Emergency Shelter: tarp, bivy or reflective blanket

You can read the whole article here.

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