The 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. http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html
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. http://www.mountaineers.org/ScriptContent/default.cfm
1. 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
Don’t leave home without it (them)!