What to Bring Along

Map and Compass: Topographic maps provide the most useful information for navigating terrain because they show the area in three dimensions. Purchase a good orienteering compass and learn how to use it with a topographic map.

First-Aid Kit: Carry a first-aid kit, and take a first-aid course so that you'll know how to respond in an emergency.

Survival Kit: In addition to the items listed above, you should carry:

  • Waterproof matches
  • Hand axe
  • Flashlight
  • Signal flares
  • Tarpaulin
  • High-energy snacks such as candy bars
  • Emergency food and water (enough for one day for long day trips)

Other useful items:

  • Radio to hear about approaching storms
  • Mobile phone and GPS unit

Global Positioning System (GPS)

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a navigation system based on a network of 24 satellites. Users with a GPS unit can determine their exact location (latitude and longitude) in any weather condition, all over the world, 24 hours a day.