24 Hour Pack Inventory

Whenever a person participates in a wilderness search, he or she should be prepared to be self‐sufficient for at least 24 hours, regardless of conditions. To ensure the ability to respond to a call quickly, GSAR team members should keep a pack ready and loaded with items suitable for the weather and terrain that the SAR Group operates in. Remember, that being prepared for a task in the summer will be different than being prepared for a task in the winter.

The following list of personal equipment is recommended for all people involved in SAR and should be carried with them on any wilderness search:


Spare Clothes

  • Wool or pile toque
  • Wool or pile mitts
  • Waterproof breathable mitts or gloves
  • Wool socks
  • Wind and waterproof coat and pants
  • Wool or pile coat
  • Some additional clothing for the subject


Equipment & Supplies

  • Plastic tarp or shelter (at least 5’ x 7’)
  • Water proof clothing bag (2 large orange plastic garbage bags)
  • Fire starter (matches, lighter and candle, or flint and knife
  • At least 1 L of water (2 L if there is no dependable water source), water
    container and some way to purify the water
  • Pot with a lid
  • 15 m Prusik cord
  • Knife with cover, or locking knife that closes (two knives may be recommended ‐ one in pack (folding) and a straight blade on belt or pack harness)
  • Declination adjustable compass
  • Headlamp plus extra bulb and battery
  • Waterproof notebook and pencil
  • Map
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Whistle
  • Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Clear eye protection for searching bush
  • Flagging tape and marker pen (Sharpie)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate for the incident


Other Suggested Items

  • Folding saw and/or axe (highly recommended)
  • Altimeter
  • Emergency blankets
  • Scissors
  • 3‐5 m light wire
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lightweight stove and fuel
  • Pencil flares
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (highly recommended)
  • 2‐12 hour light sticks (highly recommended)
  • Duct tape (highly recommended)



  • Semisweet chocolate
  • Soup cubes
  • Protein bars
  • Hard sugar candy
  • Booklet on wilderness survival
  • Personal First Aid Kit