This topic always gives rise to a lot of conversation, debate and even arguments. What each individual carries in their day sack depends on a number of factors. But I have listed here what I carry. The essentials, go with me whenever my daysack is on my back. Then I have listed kit which I add depending on the situation and prior information. The essentials list has come out of over a decade of leading expeditions. It doesn’t matters if you are on the South Downs in England or the Himalayas the kit could be needed!
Second Fleece or warm top
Food for 8 hours
First aid kit
Water – min 2 litres
Knife or multi tool (I take my parang to the jungle as well)
Plastic survival bag
Emergency shelter/bothy bag/KISU
Sling & 2x Karabiner
Pen/pencil & notebook
Sat Phone – when oversea’s of course!
Kit added if on a Search and Rescue job.
Radio (VHF Team radio)
Recommended where ever you are!
Gaiters (if I’m not wearing them!)
Snow goggles (they keep the wind out as well!)
25 meter 8mm Rope
Incident log sheets
Basic medical assessment sheet
Oxford Expedition and Wilderness Medicine handbook.
Expedition Manual or Search Manual
Use this list as you see fit maybe as a check list or to pass to someone who has little experience and is heading out on the hills. Leave your comments below I would be interested to hear your thoughts on what you carry.
Remember being over prepared isn’t a problem, being under prepared can kill!