The Ten Essentials: Part 3 of 3

okokokWelcome to the 3rd and final portion of the Ten Essentials series, providing insight into wilderness preparedness since March 13, 2015. If you are just visiting us without having seen the previous two posts (The Ten Essentials: Part One, The Ten Essentials: Part Two) do whatever catching up you feel appropriate for expanding your own outdoor education.

As stated in The Ten Essentials: Part One “The group that originated The Ten Essentials in 1930 was a Seattle-based organization for climbers and outdoor adventurers called “The Mountaineers”. The list was constructed by the team to help like-minded individuals with preparation in case of outdoor emergencies. Throughout the years the list has been reconfigured and today it is currently in its eighth edition.”

The final four items on our list include: Repair Kit and Tools, Nutrition and Extra Food, Hydration, and Emergency Shelter. Here, I will go into detail on why these items are so important for backcountry trekking and everyday life as well as unveil the best products for each category.

kjnkjjn7. Repair Kit and Tools

Emergency repair kit‘s are important for obvious situations, but also when you plan on preparing food like fresh caught fish your kit can prove to be the difference between eating and going hungry for the weekend. Creating your own kit designed around your specific adventures is also an available option. When weekend camping or fishing, a simple and basic kit is typically more than enough, and opting for this simple yet inclusive kit will save you weight and time in the long run. Some people will choose to add duct tape, super glue, and their own personal hunting/fishing knives depending. The repair kits are significantly different from medical kits in the way that they are more oriented towards dealing with gear related matters as opposed to medical issues.

glkdsm8. Nutrition and Extra Food

Freeze-dried and dehydrated foods don’t typically sound appealing unless you are backcountry-level starving, and this may not be my opinion alone, but more of a universal standard. If you are out on the trail for a long enough period of time where fresh food will begin to spoil, Backpackers Pantry is the industry standard and best place to go for all of your hunger needs (mostly because you’ll grow ill if you attempt to live on trail mix and candy bars for more than a day or so). When you have the option of choosing between Beef Stroganoff with Wild Mushrooms, Chicken Cashew Curry, and Mocha Mousse Pie, you’ll never go back to ordinary freeze dried options again. The only ingredient you need beside the packet itself is, of course, water. No-cook items including energy bars/gels, nuts, dried fruits, or jerky are always great snacks for before and after mealtime.

water-poured-into-glass9. Hydration

Depending on the length of your trip we typically recommend bringing with you a Water Purifier Stainless Steel water bottle, and a Reservoir. When planning out your journey it’s important to chart out oasis’s where there are available sources of water beforehand so that you have an idea where to fill up and if bringing your purifier is necessary. Typically, if you are off the grid for more than a weekend, you should consider bringing your purifier for safety purposes, just in case the “available water sources” no longer exist or are not functional. In everyday life Stainless Steel bottles are the way to go if you are looking for high performance taste, durability, and if you seek something that has proven to withstand the test of time stylistically.

jkjkn10. Continue reading The Ten Essentials: Part 3 of 3

Stay Prepared with the Weekender First Aid Kit

Written by Spring Store Associate Kelsey Knowlden

Emergency preparedness is an important aspect of outdoor adventures that often is overlooked or forgotten. What many people don’t realize is that it doesn’t usually take much. Getting a basic kit like the Weekender First Aid Kit and keeping it in your pack or car glove compartment can prepare you for a variety of situations.

Supplies Paired with the Knowledge To Use Them

The Weekender First Aid Kit
The Weekender First Aid Kit

The Weekender First Aid Kit is intended to keep up to 6 people prepared for up to a week in the field. It doesn’t just offer supplies for emergency situations but also basic instructions on how to use them. It should never replace seeking medical attention, but when you have the Weekender First Aid Kit packed away nearby you can feel confident that you are prepared for the worst.

As with all of the Adventure Medical Kits that are stocked at ACK, the Weekender First Aid Kit is packed full of user friendly features. A basic but important one is that it is very clearly labelled and bright blue. This is especially important if in an emergency someone else has to grab the med kit, you can easily explain what it looks like and they don’t have to spend time searching through bags.

It’s organized into compartments labeled by injury or incident with the necessary supplies and simple instructions.The instructions do a good job of giving a crash course on how to assess a situation, when medical attention is needed and what to do in the mean time. Adventure Medical Kits even go as far as including a patient assessment chart that goes over documenting the details of the scene, subject information, noting vitals, and an evacuation plan. These probably aren’t things that you would slow down and think to use these when in a stressful situation, but they are still good to have.

The Weekender First Aid Kit also includes supplies to treat different injuries plus simple and easy to follow directions on how to identify what the issue is and how best to treat it for ailments such as fractures, sprains, and cuts. Not only that, but it also includes supplies for the one who is treating the patient. Being sanitary when treating others is extremely important and the Weekender First Aid Kit has the essentials like a bio-hazard face shield and gloves.

Don’t Rely On the Kit Alone

The most important part of being prepared, after having a complete first aid kit like the Weekender, is knowing what is inside and how to use it. Familiarize yourself with its contents and keep it easily accessible because there may be a time, whether it’s a matter of survival or cuts and scrapes, where you will be thankful that you were prepared.

See more about the Weekender First Aid Kit in the video below and then check out the product page here: http://www.austinkayak.com/products/1959/Adventure-Medical-Kits-Weekender-First-Aid-Kit.html