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Cold Exposure: Emergency Equipment - Topic Overview

You may be able to prevent cold exposure by having emergency equipment with you if you do outdoor sports or activities. Your equipment may include:

  • 2 or 3 fire-starting kits and a cigarette lighter.
  • A pocketknife.
  • A wire saw, to cut large pieces of wood for an emergency fire.
  • A space blanket, to be used as a windbreaker and heat reflector.
  • Large plastic leaf bags, to wrap around you and over your backpack for quick rain and wind protection.
  • Low-temperature electrician's tape, for general repairs to space blankets, clothing, tents, or boots.
  • An Ensolite pad, to sit or sleep on.
  • A headlamp, to allow you to use both of your hands. Remember extra bulbs and batteries.
  • A map and compass.
  • Extra clothing, drinking water, and food.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Snow shovel on trips where snow is expected.
  • Signaling equipment, such as a whistle, mirror, flares, or a parachute cloth to float in the air.
  • A first aid kit.
  • A thermometer.
  • Chemical hot packs.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: April 15, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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