10 Essentials

Prepared For Life

It’s more than a motto for Scouting; it’s a way to plan and execute each outing, even if it’s just a Saturday morning hike.

In the woods, the 10 Essentials can keep you comfortable, warm, hydrated, safe and, most of all, prepared to face what nature puts in your path.


These are the Scouting 10 Essentials:

  1. Pocket Knife

  2. First-Aid Kit

  3. Extra Clothing

  4. Rain Gear

  5. Water Bottle

  6. Flashlight or Headlamp

  7. Trail Food

  8. Matches and Fires Starters

  9. Sun Protection

  10. Map and Compass

Gear Examples


1. Pocket Knife


2. First-Aid Kit


3. Extra Clothing

  • Your choice of warm gear

    • Cotton is NOT acceptable as it absorbs water and loses its ability to insulate when wet

    • Fleece of puffy jacket/vest

  • Beanie Hat


4. Rain Gear

5. Water Bottle

  • An empty water/drink bottle works fine and will likely weigh less than other options

  • Klean Kanteen Water Bottle

    • Wide Mouth Preferred

    • Metal container is durable and can be heated with a campfire

  • Nalgene Water Bottle

    • Wide Mouth Preferred

    • Metal and plastic versions

    • Metal versions can be used to boil water on a fire or stove


6. Flashlight or Headlamp

  • A good Flashlight or choice of Headlamp

  • Fresh batteries

  • Extra batteries should be packed for overnighter outings


7. Trail Food

  • Something your scout loves


8. Matches and Fires Starters

9. Sun Protection


10. Map and Compass

  • A good functioning compass

  • Map of area in freezer bag or map case