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. 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

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)!

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