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.