Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Use this comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Checklist to ensure you are ready for unexpected events during your adventures.

Essential Items

  • First Aid Kit
    • Adhesive bandages
    • Sterile gauze pads
    • Antiseptic wipes
    • Tweezers
    • Scissors
    • Medical tape
    • Pain relievers (ibuprofen, aspirin)
    • Allergy medication (antihistamines)
    • Insect sting relief
    • Burn cream
  • Emergency Shelter
    • Emergency blanket (space blanket)
    • Bivy sack or emergency tent
    • Tarp and rope
  • Navigation Tools
    • Map of the area
    • Compass
    • GPS device
    • Personal locator beacon (PLB) or satellite messenger
  • Fire Starting Supplies
    • Waterproof matches
    • Lighter
    • Fire starter (tinder, fire cubes)
  • Water and Food
    • Water purification tablets or filter
    • Collapsible water bottle or hydration bladder
    • High-energy snacks (nuts, energy bars, dried fruit)
  • Signaling Devices
    • Whistle
    • Signal mirror
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • High-visibility clothing or bandana

Personal Safety Gear

  • Clothing
    • Weather-appropriate layers
    • Extra socks and underwear
    • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
    • Hat and gloves
  • Tools
    • Multi-tool or knife
    • Duct tape
    • Paracord
  • Personal Identification
    • ID card
    • Emergency contact information
  • Medical and Personal Care
    • Personal medications
    • Sunscreen and lip balm
    • Insect repellent
    • Hand sanitizer

Communication Plan

  • Inform Others
    • Share your itinerary with a friend or family member
    • Provide estimated return time and contact details
  • Emergency Contacts
    • Local emergency numbers
    • Contact information for nearby medical facilities
    • Park ranger station or local authorities

Additional Tips

  • Stay Informed
    • Check weather forecasts before heading out
    • Be aware of local wildlife and potential hazards
  • Training
    • Take a basic first aid and CPR course
    • Familiarize yourself with emergency procedures
  • Practice
    • Conduct regular checks of your emergency kit
    • Practice using your gear and navigation tools