Winter Survival Kit
Do you have a survival kit? Does it have everything you need for winter? Think about the different, unique challenges that winter poses and add some new items to make your survival kit winter ready!
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- Hand/foot warmers
- Extra mitts and socks
- Extra sweater (warm layer)
- Reflective emergency blanket
- Tin foil or other lightweight way to hold water
- Fire starters
- Matches and/or lighter
- Throw rope
Your basic winter daypack for any adventure should also include:
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Spare batteries
- Wear layers and save room in your pack as you remove/add them (thermal underwear, wool or synthetic mid-layer, insulated shell)
- Snack or meal
- Lip balm
- Small knife or multitool
- Water filtration device
- Water bottle
- Communication device
- Pack cover (be prepared—the weather can turn in an instant, even if it isn’t calling for rain or snow when you start your activity.)
- Sunscreen & sunglasses (to prevent snow blindness)
- Toilet paper
- Hand sanitizer
- Ziplock or sealable container
- For icy or snowy conditions: crampons for traction to prevent slips
- A survival kit is meant to have your emergency supplies – the essentials only. Avoid a kit that’s too heavy or bulky to carry with your other supplies.
- Don’t forget that you should still carry things (e.g. food, extra layers, etc.) in addition to your survival kit.
- Wear brighter colours to increase visibility.
- Scout Tip: Never venture into unknown landscapes alone. Accidents are unexpected, so have an emergency plan in place and always let people know where you are going and when you plan to return.
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