When going on any walk, there are
certain things which you should always carry with you:
Personal first aid kit
Even if you are following a route, you
should carry a map and compass... if you go off your route and get lost, you may
need the map.
If you are walking in the evening, and
there is a risk that it may be dark before you return, carry a torch or
light-sticks (available from outdoors shops).
It is also a good idea to carry a mobile
phone. However, be aware that in many of the best walking areas, mobile phone
signals are poor, or non existent. Therefore, if walking in such an area, carry
a survival whistle (eg Fox 40) with you, and know how to use it (see below).
If walking in a remote area, you should
also carry some kind of food, preferably something with a high energy : weight
ratio, for example Kendal Mint Cake, or similar.
ALWAYS CARRY MORE DRINKING WATER THAN
YOU THINK YOU'LL NEED
Many people still believe that the
international distress signal is . . . - - - . . . IT IS NOT
The correct signal is six quick successive
whistle blasts or torch flashes. After making the signal, you should wait 60
seconds, then repeat the signal. Ignore replies, but keep repeating the signal
every 60 seconds. If you get to safety unaided, or with the help of people other
than official agencies (police/rescue services) you should contact the police to
cancel the signal.
NEVER MAKE THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRESS
SIGNAL UNLESS YOU REQUIRE RESCUE
If you do not have a torch or whistle,
improvise. A camera flash, or a mirror reflecting the sun will also work.
After making the signal, STAY PUT!