10 Essentials to surviving outdoors


by Grant McOmie

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Posted on March 2, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 2 at 5:14 PM



10 Essentials to Keep Safe

 1. Map and compass

 2. Water bottle (Nalgene or something similar) that doubles as storage

 3. Flashlight and spare batteries

 4. Space blanket

 5. Candle

 6. Metal whistle

 7. Small pocketknife

 8. Waterproof matches

 9. First-Aid kit (medications, antibiotic cream, tape, Band-Aids)

10. Small bag of foods: candy or power bars, trail mix, nuts, jerky

Search and Rescue specialist Sharon Ward: “It's inexpensive, widely available stuff ... assembled for less than $20. Carry it with you. Store it in your car, stuff it into a bag. The point is to simply do it."