Safety Gear is vehicle specific as it could be the difference between life and death out in the wilderness. Although some recovery gear can be split between vehicles, you should never rely on another persons safety gear. Each rig should carry enough supplies for its occupants. Common safety gear is:
· First aid kit
· Over the counter medications
· Prescription medications
· Fire extinguisher
· Emergency communication device (Spot/ Garmin inReach)
· Water (At least 1L per person per day)
For a first aid kit, one should carry enough supplies for 1 person to have a critical injury. Typically your trip is ended after 1 such injury, so carrying supplies for multiple people isn’t very critical if space does not allow. One of the most overlooked supplies in a first aid kit is gauze.
Another thing to consider for your safety supplies is if you have an animal companion with you. Many human medications cannot be given to pets. So, please be sure to talk to your vet about critical supplies you should carry for your animal.
Over the counter medications is another commonly forgotten item in kits. Missing common medications can ruin your trip and cause you to go home early. Look for multipurpose items, think ibuprofen (pain/ fever) and and other medication for heartburn, upset stomach etc.. Also, it is always a good idea to something like Benadryl, an allergic reaction can be very common, and a simple antihistamine can be a life savor.
Emergency communication devices are also something every vehicle should have. Often times your vehicle is too far to get to emergency services in adequate times. With a satellite communication device one can alert emergency services with a push of the button, as help is brought in as fast as possible – often times by helicopter.
Every vehicle should also have a fire extinguisher. It is also advisable to carry one in your trailer as well. If you have a base camp, and someone stays behind, both the trailer and vehicle should have an extinguisher. With fires becoming more common every year, this is something everyone should take very seriously.