Essential Safety Gear for Every Family Adventure

I grew up hiking, camping & hunting with a strong appreciation for the outdoors…and with that, how quickly things can take a turn for the worse. Several once jolly hikes have severely changed mood when I went to sooth my parched throat with some cool water, only to find out my water bottle is empty…and still have several hours to go. Or opt for a quick shortcut, only to get disoriented and wonder if I would be sleeping under the stars with the bears that night.

Flash forward to present;  now I have the privilege of guiding my wife and three kids (and friends) on epic outdoor adventures. Wow – the stakes just got higher. Its not just me I have to worry about, it’s the whole family. After many years of family adventures and Wilderness First Aid classes, I’ve put together a gear bag that I take everywhere. When I have this in my pack, I can rest easy knowing we are prepared for whatever shenanigans we get in to. I’ve divided this gear list into the three essential categories: food, water, shelter & first aid.

When I have this in my pack, I can rest easy knowing we are prepared for whatever shenanigans we get in to.

Food

  • Bars (Cliff, Luna)
  • Granola (homemade)
  • Shot Blocks, sport beans
  • Dried fruit

Water

Shelter

First Aid & Gear

  • Wound care kit (band-aids, antibiotic ointment, gauze, etc)
  • Blister pads
  • SAM splint
  • Bear spray (if applicable)
  • Headlamp
  • Leatherman & pocket knife
  • Map (fully charged phone with Gaia GPS app, printed maps for remote adventures)
  • Fire starter (lighter, weather-proof matches, flint)
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