What is the difference between a novice woodsman and an expert woodsman? You might say that a good woodsman knows how to improvise a shelter from spruce boughs or start a fire with a bow drill in a pinch. But a better woodsman makes sure he isn’t without a tarp and matches in the first place. This idea isn’t just about rugged survival situations, either. Whether you’re hunting, backpacking, mountaineering, caving, river rafting, or even just day hiking, there are some things you just shouldn’t be without in the outdoors. Why? Weather changes, delays happen, injuries happen. When you’re acting as your own support system, you need to be prepared for the unexpected.
The best way to make sure you’re ready to handle whatever comes around the next bend is observing the “Ten Essentials” while packing. Recommended by the National Park Service, the Ten Essentials are designed to make sure your basic needs are covered in the event of an emergency in the outdoors. [For more information on the Ten Essentials check out our other post here].
It’s smart to have something to cover each of these categories on your person when you head into the backcountry. The real question is, “What should I bring, when?” For example, you wouldn’t want an extra down jacket if you’re canyoneering in 106 degree heat, but an extra waterproof layer might help you wait out a sudden, heavy monsoon rainstorm. But what if you want to have a kit that is ready-packed on hand, that can handle just about any situation without fussing over the particulars? That’s where MyMedic comes in.
MyMedic has a reputation for building quality products based on extensive research, trial and error. Their latest product is a 72 hour kit meant to cover the Ten Essentials for use in the backcountry. It’s designed to be durable, well-organized, and thorough enough to be useful in almost any emergency situation, all while staying under eight pounds: The 10 Essentials Kit. It even doubles as a floatation device. Regardless of the creek you’re up, the 10 Essentials Kit has you covered.
MyMedic consulted with experts in the US Forest Service to ensure the kit itself as well as its contents are ready for real-life emergency situations. Housed in an abrasion-resistant dry bag with padded backpack straps, the 10 Essentials Kit contains over 100 items organized into four modules, allowing for rapid access to whatever you need, whenever trouble comes a-knocking. You can find a full list of the items at MyMedic.com, but some key ones include:
- A folding compass with a signaling mirror
- A solar/USB charging headlamp
- Polarized sunglasses
- A first aid kit specifically for outdoor use
- A multitool and gear repair kit
- Waterproof matches and ready-made tinder
- A personal bivouac
- Emergency rations worth 1600 calories
- Wool socks, a beanie, waterproof poncho and fleece-lined gloves
- Water purification tablets, a collapsible bottle, and a Lifestraw
What’s innovative about the 10 Essentials Kit is that it includes enough redundancy to be useful in a variety of situations without being bulky. For example, having both a poncho and a few small insulating items means you’re covered whether you need to stay dry, warm, or both. Having a solar charging headlamp means you’re covered on backup power. And having a multitool means you have more on hand than just a knife. Almost every piece of the 10 Essentials Kit – including the pack itself – is multifunctional, without sacrificing quality.
This kit is perfect for keeping in your home or car as a bug-out bag, carrying with you while hiking, or keeping in camp. It’s packed, it’s organized, it has everything you need ready to go. If you want to rest easier knowing you’re equipped to deal with an emergency the next time you head into the backcountry, MyMedic has got your back.
Checkout this gear review by Special Forces Army Ranger Medic, Billy Haley, as he opens the MyMedic 10 Essentials Kit and discusses its contents, here: