Emergency Essentials Knowledge - Appalachian Mountain Club

Emergency Essentials Knowledge

July 1, 2014

Invest in waterproof, tear-proof trail maps. Tyvek and plastic are significantly more durable than paper. If you do carry a paper map, fold it to highlight your area and place it inside a waterproof map case or a heavy-duty resealable freezer bag.

Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both sunburn-inducing UVA and skin-damaging UVB. Be aware that SPF only refers to UVA protection; read the label carefully to ensure UVB protection as well.

Carry stormproof matches and your fire-starting tinder in separate watertight containers; old pill bottles work well for this.

Carry emergency food that isn’t your favorite, most delicious thing to eat—or it may not be there in a time of actual emergency.

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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.