own strengths and limitations. Do not take on more of a trip than you are
physically and emotionally trained to handle. Don't become a fool looking for
trouble, be honest with yourself about your capabilities. Prepare yourself
mentally and physically. The following is a suggested Plan, you must modify it
for your specific needs and the terrain that you will be traversing. THINK
a check list of the items to carry in your pack:
Make two sets
of check boxes, check the first box when you choose the item and then when you
pack it, check off the second box. Go over each item carefully before you pack
it to insure its reliability, quality and the quantity. Think through your trip
with the checklist.
in logistical order of need. Practice packing and unpacking. Make sure your
load is evenly distributed. Time spent before you go will make the trip more
enjoyable and make you more aware of your pack and its contents.
all your equipment carefully, at least twice:
- Bring a
good survival kit and first aid kit. Know what is in each kit, where it is
packed and how to use all the items.
- Bring good
rain gear and wind protection. Do not forget a hat. It is much easier to keep
yourself dry and warm than it is to get dry and warm after a sudden change in
- Make sure
your choice of footwear is broken in and appropriate. Walk a mile in your boots
around town before you have to walk a mile or more in the wilderness. Choose
good socks with moisture wicking capabilities to keep you feet dry and warm.
the weight and durability to all equipment. A pound in your pack translates to
ten pounds of pressure on your back and on your feet. Don't under pack or over
pack, take what you really feel that you will need. , THINK this through.
the time to research your destination/activity:
guidebooks, maps, etc.. Know the area, as you may have to rely on this
information for your survival.
your plans with people knowledgeable in the area that you are venturing into.
Know the area well, before it knows you.
- Write down
your itinerary in as much detail as possible.
probable weather conditions by calling ahead and by watching or reading
national weather forecasts.
Practice packing, whether going for a day or a week:
- Move all
your heavy items toward your center of gravity; for men, this is high and
forward and for women, it tends to be lower towards the small of the back.
- Put your
maps, trial guide, water, camera, rain gear, fuel bottle and personal safety
items and SPACE BLANKET in the outside compartments of your pack where
you can easily get to them and where the wet items will not leak.
- Place your
change of clothes on the bottom of the pack, under your food supply, stove,
cooking utensils. Usually you will only need these when you stop and can make
the time to unpack.
- Lash your
tent, sleeping bag and pads on the outside of the pack in a position where they
are out of the way for your outside compartments and do not restrict your
not overlook special items you may need:
Items: Extra dark sunglasses, snow shovel, high energy drink, extra pot for
melting snow, overmitts, gaiters, etc.
Extra ammo, knife sharpener, SPACE BLANKET on which to clean your game,
wet naps for personal clean up.
- THE 10
ESSENTIALS: Place in a poly zip bag or other suitable lightweight container
in an outside compartment of your pack: (1) an extra supply of water (2)
waterproof matches and tinder (3) topographic map of area (4) compass (5) basic
first aid kit (6) whistle and/or signal mirror (7) 50 feet of nylon cord (8)
pocket knife (9) SPACE BLANKET (10) a couple of high energy food
(F.) Let a
responsible person know your itinerary:
- Leave a
full written itinerary with a friend that you can trust to follow up. Set time
deadlines that you will be back or when you will call. It is better to be safe
than dangerously sorry.
how you are traveling, who with and when you will return. Stick to your planned
itinerary as much as possible.
information concerning your special medical needs.
- Check into
and out of any wilderness area with the park rangers or other authorities.