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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

   *    Polypropylene Underwear

   *    Helmet, Liner, and Extra Cap

   *    Appropriate Insulated Boots

   *    Watch

   *    Pocket Knife and / or Muli-Tool

   *    Note Pad and Pen

   *    Prescription Medications

   *    Area Map

   *    Avalanche Beacon

   *    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)

   *    Lip Balm

   *    Compass and / or GPS

   *    Signal Device - Flare, Fusee, Cyalume Light Sticks, Whistle

   *    Flagging Tape

   *    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

   *    Toilet Tissue

   *    Extra Gloves

   *    Nylon Cord (50ft.)

   *    Socks - Extra Pair

   *    Trash / Leaf Bag - Large

   *    Metal Cup or Pot

   *    Strip Saw

   *    Small Shovel

Personal Medical - ( In Ziploc Bag)

   *    Gloves - Latex or Nitrile                   

   *    Conforming gauze or Cling Rolls            

   *    Sterile Dressings ( 2 x 2 & 4 x 4)            

   *    Elastic Bands                            

   *    Antiseptic Ointment                       

   *    Antihistamine - 25 mg. Benadryl               

   *    Antiseptic Wipes                           

   *    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