Leave a trip plan with a responsible adult before venturing into the backcountry.  Be sure to include the following:

  • Name of trail and destination
  • Purpose (eg hiking, fishing, etc.)
  • Make, model, year, color and license plate of vehicles left at trailhead.
  • Any pre-existing medical conditions
  • Date and time of departure and return

ALWAYS Take the 10 Essentials!

  1. Map (including surrounding area)
  2. Compass
  3. Waterproof flashlight
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Extra food and water
  6. Extra clothing
  7. Fire starter
  8. Waterproof matches
  9. Pocket knife
  10. First Aid Kit


Additionally, check weather forcasts before any wilderness outing and dress in layers.  Rain gear, a stocking cap, signal whistle and leather work gloves are useful any time of the year.  Don’t forget prescription medications and insect repellant.  Carry large plastic bags for improvised shelter or rain gear, and use them.  Don’t forget to pack out what you packed in!

** REMEMBER – A Search is an EMERGENCY!  Don’t hesitate to dial 911 if you or a loved one are lost or injured in the woods.  It is always better to start a search too early than too late!