This checklist was provided by the Madera County Sheriffs Department to keep you safe.
Check weather conditions before heading out – wear and bring clothing to prepare for the worst.
Notify a friend or family where you are going, what time you plan to return and do NOT venture off your planned course of travel.
Before you head into the back country, let the Ranger know of your plans as well.
Never leave home without your compass.
Water is more important than food. You can live for days without food, as long as you have water.
Always carry a means by which you can communicate with searchers. Carry a cell phone and enable your GPS. Depending on where you are, a cell phone might not work. A satellite phone is your better bet. But besides that, carry a whistle … that high pitch distress call lasts longer than a yell for help.
FRS radios and personal locater beacons are also a good means of communicating – make sure the batteries have life.
Know how to build a shelter and a secure camp fire.