First and Foremost, Don't leave home without letting someone know your unloading point, estimated route, destination, or route of travel, and what time you are expected to return home. Once you get home, let someone know you arrived safely.
Carried On Person
Insulated Clothing Adequate for Climate
Helmet, Liner, and Extra Cap
Appropriate Insulated Boots
Pocket Knife and / or Muli-Tool
Note Pad and Pen
Fully Charged Cell Phone & Extra Battery (sometimes usable, sometimes not) or 2- way radio
Trait / Survival Pac - Be sure all items are enclosed in Water Proof Containers
Water or other appropriate beverage - (Avoid Alcohol)
Compass and / or GPS
Signal Device - Flare, Fusee, Cyalume Light Sticks, Whistle
Flashlight with Extra Bulb & Batteries
Energy Snacks, Food, Water, MRE
Emergency Space Blanket(s) and / or some kind of Shelter Material
Butane Lighter, Fire Starter, Matches, or some method of starting fire
Nylon Cord (50ft.)
Socks - Extra Pair
Trash / Leaf Bag - Large
Metal Cup or Pot
Personal Medical - ( In Ziploc Bag)
Gloves - Latex or Nitrile
Conforming gauze or Cling Rolls
Sterile Dressings ( 2 x 2 & 4 x 4)
Antihistamine - 25 mg. Benadryl
Emergency Space Blanket
Snow Machine / Winter Sports Clothing
Beware of cotton next to skin during cooler temps.
Use removable layers to keep body from becoming hot, wet or cold.
During cold weather, polypro or similar material should be next to skin.
During cold weather, wool or poly fleece are best insulators and should be second layer.
Head and neck are temperature regulators. Cover or cool as necessary.
Water is the most critical item you will generally carry.
Food items will provide energy and warmth for the body.
Carry snacks in pocket and eat periodically even if you are not hungry.
Pick items that are high in carbohydrates and un-refined sugars.
Keep carbohydrate and protein items in your pockets or on top of pack for breaks.
Have the capability to create a hot drink during cooler months.
Hard candy can provide a steady dose of small amounts of sugar