Ten Essentials

The “Ten Essentials” are recommended items by many outdoor organizations as necessary for your outdoor survival. The “Ten Essentials” list was originally printed in 1947 in the Third Edition of “Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills Mountaineers”. This essential list was created to help people for emergency situations while outdoors. When you take a trip into the back country, whether a day hike or week long trip, you should always have these essentials with you.

Beyond providing information like the “Ten Essentials”, Outdoors Geek rents camping supplies to adventurers all across the US. Whether you are family camping for the weekend, a college or university taking a camping trip, or two girls headed out on a backpacking trip, we would love to serve you!

Here they are:

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Extra clothing
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • First-aid supplies
  • Firestarter
  • Matches
  • Knife
  • Extra food


It’s  important that you always have these items with you on an outdoor adventure. These are for emergency situations which means you won’t plan on using some of these items except for in an emergency. No matter where you are going or how long you will be away, be sure to pack the “Ten Essentials”. Emergencies are typically unexpected occurrences, but that doesn’t mean you have to be unprepared!


Outdoors Geek loves the idea of taking matches, but please don’t forget to put them in a plastic bag for keeping them dry. We also recommend two different stocks of matches in two different bags that are carried in two different backpacks. This helps solve the problem of a mistake leaving you with out fire.

And be careful with exactly what “extra food” means. One of the most common mistakes we see people make is taking way too much food (and clothing). It means extra weight to carry backpacking.