The Ten Essentials

HikeItForward-Final-MediumThe Ten Essentials are a variety of short lists of 10 or 12 items thought necessary that every hiker should carry in his/her pack whether taking a day hike or a multiple-day thru-hike. Several “essentials” lists exist online delineating the best emergency items to carry in your pack. Why create such a list? The list is designed to answer two basic situations: First, an accident or emergency. Second, unplanned overnight safety.

REI shares that on any given hike you might not have to use any of these items. Occasionally, you may have to use a few of them. But, you will never fully appreciate the value of the Ten Essentials until you really (desperately) need one of them.

The REI website refers two lists of the ten essentials – a classic list and a more current up-to-date list. Check out their website for some additional help in this area.

Updated Ten Essentials – upgraded in 2003 by the Mountaineers, a Seattle-based organization for adventurers.

First Aid Kit1. Navigation (map and compass);  2) Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen; 3) Insulation (extra clothing);  4) Illumination (headlamp/flashlight);  5) First-aid supplies;  6) Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles);  7) Repair kit and tools;  8) Nutrition (extra food);  9) Hydration (extra water);  10) Emergency shelter

Classic Ten Essentials – developed in the 1930s

Compass1) Map;  2) Compaass;  3) Sunglasses and sunscreen;  4) Extra clothing  5) Headlamp/flashlight;  6) First-aid supplies;  7) Firestarter;  8) Matche;  9) Knife;  10)  Extra food

Don’t leave home without it (them)!

Categories: Appalachian Trail, Gear, Hiking, REI, Tent, Thru-Hike, Trail | Leave a comment

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