THE SCOUT OUTDOOR ESSENTIALS
They’re called “essentials” for a reason. Every packing list starts with these 10 items.
1. A pocketknife or multitool can be handy in a wide
variety of situations. It’s useful for tasks as large as building an
emergency shelter or lighting a campfire with poor fuel, or as small as
repairing a damaged backpack. Don’t forget to first earn your Whittling
Chip (for older Cub Scouts) or Totin’ Chip (for Boy Scouts).
2. A first-aid kit can be a lifesaver. Literally.
3. Bring extra clothing to match the weather.
Multiple layers are better than a single massive jacket, because layered
clothing is adaptable to a wide range of temperatures.
4. Rain gear is very important. Being wet from rain may result in hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition.
5. A flashlight is important for finding your way in the dark.
6. Trail food is good for maintaining your energy.
7. Water can prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
8. Matches and/or a fire starter may be used to light fires for heat, or for signaling for help.
9. Sun protection might include sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm and a wide-brimmed hat.
10. A map and compass are probably the most important tools you can carry in case you get lost.