What’s in your Emergency Kit?

What should be included in your hiking emergency kit, depends primarily of what sort of hiking you do. Here are a few things that we have learned from experience while hiking off-trail.

Crossing dead-fall trees at night can be very challenging. We now carry a small flashlight with lithium batteries.

Some emergency whistles produce a sound that resembles the marmot whistle. Instead of alerting humans, such sound may attract a curious bear. That never actually happened to us, but we have replaced our whistle anyway.

Warm springs + grassy slopes populated by elk = ticks. We now have a little tick removal tool in our kit.

Dehydration is not good for the body. Water purification tablets are small and convenient.

An aluminum emergency blanket is a must have item. Each person in the group should have one in case of a sudden weather change.

If you are running late, a satellite device can be useful to let your family know that you are all right.

Bear sprays expire. Replace. Use the old canister to practice with.

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2 Responses

  1. Barry says:

    Excellent post. Good timing too. An excellent reminder at the beginning of a new warm-weather hiking season. It is always important to carry the contingency combined with doing everything possible to avoid using it. The weather can be so dynamic here that from time to time the emergency kit will resolve an unanticipated situation.

  2. Marcin says:

    As always: thank you for the comment. I think you are the only one visiting our blog :)