Survival Pack

A lot of Search and Rescue teams have a standard survival pack to be carried by members while on search. This is placed here as a “suggested” what to have and to encourage participants in the Wilderness and Remote First Aid courses to have at least the highlighted items in their packs. You are recommended to “test” any gear that you would have with you in the back of beyond within the safety of a course!

“Everything you have with you should have three uses, one of which is First Aid”


  • 2 Litre of water
  • Quick High Energy Food (bars, hard candy, G.O.R.P., Boost, etc. )
  • Hot Food (Soup Mix, Hot Coca, etc.)

Attention Getting Equipment

  • Whistle (non-metallic, no bead)
  • 2 roles of Flagging
  • Metal Mirror (on compass?)
  • 10″ x 10″ Aluminum Foil

Basic Survival Gear

  • Knife
  • First Aid kit
  • Extra Compass
  • Extra Socks
  • Extra Warm Hat
  • WATERPROOF Rain Gear
  • Extra Clothing (given the conditions)
  • Hatchet or Small Saw
  • Extra Small Flashlight (can fit into mouth)
  • Extra Flashlight Batteries
  • Extra Flashlight Bulb
  • Matches/Lighter (Waterproofed)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Garbage Bag (Orange)
  • Extra Gloves or Mitts
  • Firestarter
  • Metal Mug & Spoon (cooking! )
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • 2 Safety Candles (2″in diameter)

Sheltering Equipment

  • 8×10 Tarp (polypropylene, drop cloth, etc.)
  • All Weather Solar Blanket
  • Rope or Parachute Cord (50′ preferred)

Basic Gear

  • Sturdy WATERPROOF boots (covering ankle and heel with sealed tongue)
  • Proper attire given the conditions (gloves, hat, long johns, etc.)
  • Something orange beyond a hat
  • Working sturdy flashlight (plus extra batteries & bulb)
  • Orienteering Compass
  • Notebook, pencil and pencil sharpener
  • Zip Lock Baggies (for Map and Radio/ Phone)
  • If carrying a Radio/Cellphone or GPS, get extra batteries

Optional Gear Suggestions

Binoculars, Sun block, Lip Medication, Safety glasses or Snow Goggles, Ice cleats, Helmet, Throw bag, Snow Shoes / Ski Poles, plus any item you deem essential

Overnight Camping Gear

be prepared for the season – tenting is the norm, stove, lantern, etc. optional. We are only 5 – 10 min. away from the base.