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Safety - Outdoor and Recreation: Checklist

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Pack the "Essentials" and be prepared for minor injuries, sudden weather changes or delays. The following are items you should include in your pack:

  • Candle

  • Clothing (always bring something warm, extra socks, and rain gear)

  • Compass

  • First aid kit

  • Food (bring extra)

  • Flashlight

  • Foil (to use as a cup or signaling device)

  • Hat

  • Insect repellent

  • Map

  • Nylon filament

  • Pocket knife

  • Pocket mirror (to use as a signaling device)

  • Prescription glasses (an extra pair)

  • Prescription medications for ongoing medical conditions

  • Radio with batteries

  • Space blanket or a piece of plastic (to use for warmth or shelter)

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Trash bag (makes an adequate poncho)

  • Water

  • Waterproof matches or matches in a waterproof tin

  • Water purification tablets

  • Whistle (to scare off animals or to use as a signaling device)

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Last modified March 28, 2013

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