Thing 4

Mandatory (this is not even a little bit optional):
  • A watch. Don’t have one? Get one. Wear it. Every day (smart phones work well too, keep it dry!)
  • A big bucket or stuff sack full of clothing. This should include at least: One full change of clothing. Lots of extra clothing for splint padding (think t-shirts, socks, toques etc). You may get wet, muddy, dirty, and cold. Really wet, really muddy, really dirty and really cold; and may need to change into dry, warm clothing during the course.
  • Duct tape. Not really a requirement, but many students find it quite handy. Jumbo Roll recommended.
  • School supplies. Ask your Mom
  • Large Ziplock style bags. Enough to keep your school supplies and paperwork dry. Drybags work great too.
  • Rope and/or cord and/or webbing. You can never have too much; four or five good lengths are ideal. If you’re thinking of buying more, get 5m of 5mm cord and 5m of webbing. Whatever type you bring should be easy to tie knots in. Avoid yellow polypropylene rope.
  • 1 - 30 cm (or 12") long and robust stick (index finger thickness is best; get from your local landscape or yard)
  • 2 - 15 cm (or 6") long, robust stick (index finger thickness is best; get from your local landscape or yard)
  • SEALED sandwich baggie with a fist-full of dirt inside.
  • Leg Splint Pant Leg. See instructions in Thing 5 on how to prepare them.
  • Trip and Profile Cards. See instructions in Thing 6 on how to prepare them.
  • First Aid Training Supplies. These supplies are required for training and will be delivered to the classroom for you. There will not be an opportunity for you to purchase them at the course. Bronze Package Recertification Students: Bring Your Own First Aid Training Supplies OR order them from us. Use our First Aid Training Supplies list as your guide if bringing your own. See the list here or order yourself one of our handy Student Training supplies packages. Think of it as a First Aid Kit starter package.
Gear that will make your life w-a-a-a-y easier:
  • Sleeping bag, blanket, or anything else to cover your patient.
  • Ground insulation. Thermarest™ works best, but anything will do.
  • Tarp. 3m x 3m (or larger) works best
  • Headlamp. (You may do outdoor field trips in the dark)
  • Mobile Device. Smart phone, Tablet or iPad. Google is your friend.
  • Brown bag lunch and snacks. Water to keep you nice and hydrated throughout the day
  • Something to put it all in. A backpack, or dry bag with straps, is easier to carry than a duffel bag.
  • Additional container for the Course Training Supplies you ordered from us.
  • Access to the Internet for evening study during your course… like an Internet café, library, coffee shop.
  • If you want to have a paper textbook in your hand, we highly recommend Medicine for Mountaineering & Other Wilderness Activities, 6th Edition – Edited by James A Wilkerson, MD.
  • Medical dictionary, or get a medical dictionary App (we recommend Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, free in your App store)
  • Medscape or Epocrates App on your smart device. These are free and super-valuable (look up medications and diseases/conditions even while offline).
  • Rain gear. Bring it every day. Even on the sunny days

Gear that some find helpful:

  • Knee pads (gardening style) for long stretches of kneeling
  • Chair. Crazy Creek™ or Thermarest™
  • Maps of the area you usually work or play in. To aid in scenario evacuation planning.
  • Cooking pots, used by some students to make themselves hot water and food. Your call.
  • Extra pair of glasses in case yours get broken and you need them to see
  • Small “field notebook" for the outdoor component. Like a logbook or similar.
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