Map and Compass: To make sure you know where you can operate your ORV legally, get a trail map that shows the locations of designated trails and routes. Having a topographic map also will provide you with useful information for navigating terrain because these maps show the area in three dimensions. Purchase a good orienteering compass, and learn how to use it with your maps.
First-Aid Kit: Carry a well-stocked first-aid kit, and take a first-aid course so that you’ll know how to respond in an emergency.
Cell Phone: Ensure your cell phone’s GPS locating features are enabled. If you find yourself in an emergency situation and you are uncertain of your exact location, 911 dispatchers will be able to immediately ping your exact location based on your cell phone’s GPS features.
Survival Kit: In addition to the items listed above, you should carry:
- Emergency blanket in cold weather
- Emergency food and water (enough for one or two extra days)
- Fire-starting materials
- Hand axe or saw
- High-energy snacks such as candy bars
- Nylon rope
- Plastic whistle
- Pocket mirror
- Signal flares
- Snowshoes in the winter
- Water purification tablets
- Waterproof matches
Other useful items:
- GPS receiver
- Radio for weather reports