The hot weather season is here and with the warm temperatures comes new challenges. If you haven’t yet, adapt your winter pack to be ready for summer. Consider the following hot leads for what to keep on-hand in your warm-weather pack.
A. ZIPLOC BAGS
Valuables like your wallet & two-way radios will stay dry in Ziploc bags.
B. FIRST AID KIT
A basic first aid kit is the perfect go-to for any weather condition.
C. LIGHTWEIGHT SOCKS
An extra pair of light socks will come in handy when trying to keep your feet dry.
Be prepared to block UV rays with at least a 30 SPF.
E. DARK SAFETY GLASSES
Shading the eyes helps with visibility and overall eye health on bright, sunny days.
F. LOOSE-FITTING SHIRT
Wear a light-colored, loose-fit, long-sleeve shirt to stay ventilated & protected.
G. NON-PERISHABLE FOOD
Food that doesn’t spoil & is easy to access is best to keep on-hand, like granola.
Stay hydrated, especially in humid weather. It’s best to have multiple bottles.
I. NECK COOLING TOWEL
Keep your provided neck protection towel on-hand. Wet it to help you stay cool.
J. PERMETHRIN REPELLENT
This is the gold standard for repelling ticks. Use it to treat clothing only.
K. ELECTROLYTE DRINK MIX
Add to water to keep your body functioning at optimal levels during extreme heat.
Great for storing all of your to-go supplies — & can be changed with the season.
There are plenty of ways to build your emergency kit in addition to what is suggested here. Where you live and the type of weather emergencies you’re likely to encounter should help determine how you fill your pack. Don’t forget to check the expiration dates on food and water, and even on certain items in first aid kits. A little preparation and maintenance goes a long way to help keep you safe.