The Ten Essentials

(actually fifteen; well, maybe twenty)

Recently, REI updated the 10 essential list.   For more information see:

Updated Ten Essential “Systems”

  1. 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

Strongly Recommended – may be some duplication below

  1. full water bottle + water treatment
  2. ground insulation (sit pad)
  3. emergency blanket
  4. signaling devices – whistle/mirror

Special Environments

  1. shovel (snow)
  2. stove with fuel
  3. a pan and cover
  4. avalanche cord or avalanche transceiver
  5. rescue pulley