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Backpacker Magazine – May 2013

First Night Out: The Ten Essentials

Outdoor experts have refined the list of key safety and survival tools into these 10 categories. Don't leave home without them.

by: Sarah L. Stewart and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

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FIVE
First-aid kit
Pack the following for a two-person weekend trip: 4 sterile gauze pads, 5 adhesive bandages, moleskin/blister treatment, first-aid tape, 6 ibuprofen tablets, 2 antibiotic ointment packets, 3 antimicrobial hand wipes, 2 safety pins.

SIX
Insulation
Pack extra layers, including a hat and gloves if conditions warrant. For most backpacking trips, you’ll need a fleece midlayer or a down or synthetic puffy, and a waterproof shell.

SEVEN
Headlamp
Hands-free illumination is a must for camp tasks, reading, and night bathroom trips (pack extra batteries).

EIGHT
Repair kit
Pack a multitool and duct tape (wrap several yards around your water bottle or trekking pole for easy storage).

NINE
Water
Take bottles and/or a bladder, plus a treatment method.

TEN
Emergency shelter
Pack a space blanket or bivy (if you don’t have a tent).
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Scott
Mar 14, 2014

I'd add an elastic bandage to #5.

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Lynda
Mar 07, 2014

Dear Sarah and Elisabeth -
You forgot the whistle, signal mirror, and a multi-tool. The little 5x9 ditty bag that goes in your pack for any and all hikes from a 2 mile stroll to 30 mile backpacking contains these plus your fire starter kit and a Petzl e-Lite.

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Elle
Mar 07, 2014

Forgot the whistle and signal mirror. GPS is back up for map and compass, not other way around.

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