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Safety equipment Sometimes things can go wrong.  If for some reason your day walk becomes an overnight one you will need some protection and warmth which a space blanket will provide. Here is a range of products which could prove useful in an emergency.

ACR MicroFix 406 GPS


The ACR MicroFix 406 GPS can transmit your location within 100m along with rescue alert signal, to the overhead global satellite network.

Transmits on 406 MHz (COSPAS-SARSAT) with your personal information registered, unique, digitally-coded distress signal and the 121.5 MHz Short-Range Personal Location Homing-Beacon.

1.25" Thick, 5.81" Tall, And 2.31" Wide!
35.5 x 149 x 56 cm!
9.98 Ounces / 283.5g

Adventure Medical Kits

Ultralite/Watertight first aid kits.  This is the baby in the range:

Bandage Materials
4 Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
2 Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
2 Bandage, Butterfly Closure
3 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2

Blister / Burn 1 Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped
Instrument 1 Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps

Medication 2 After Bite Wipe, 2 Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
2 Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2

Wound Care 3 After Cuts & Scrapes Anesthetic /Antiseptic Wipe
2 Alcohol Swab, 1 Tape, 1/2" x 10 Yards, 2 Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use

Weight: 2.32 oz (66 g)  Size: 5.25" x 5" x 1

AMK Heatsheets Bivy The AMK Heatsheets Emergency Bivy weighs only 3.5 ounces and packs down to 3.5" x 2.5" in its included ultralight stuff sack. Ideal for those occasions when you take a wrong turn and are forced to spend the night out!

Weight: 3.5 oz (99g)
Size Unfolded: 36" x 84"
Size in Sack (included): 3.5" x 2.5"

AMK Heatsheets Two Person Survival Blanket

Survival and first aid instructions printed on blanket
Reflects and retains up to 90% body heat
Extra large size accommodates 2 adults
Easy to open in emergency situations

Size: 96 x 60 inches
Weight: 2.4 ounces (68 g)


Exped BivyBag Duo Emergency Bivy Bag

Exped BivyBag Duo

Material: Silicone coated ripstop nylon
Weight: 395 g / 13.9 oz
Packed: 18 x 9 cm / 7 x 4"
Length: 200 cm / 79"
Width: 140 cm / 55"
Fire starter

Ignite your stove or build fires from paper, dry grass or bark. Made from durable magnesium alloy and will last five thousand - twelve thousand strikes. Very efficient, the spark ignites reaching temperatures up to 3000°C.

First Aid Kit

Plastic zip lock bag containing:

2 normal Bandaid,

1 large Bandaid

Half strip - 5 tabs of 500mg Paracetemol

2 strands of dental floss

3 toothpicks

1 Chapstick - sun block (7g)

There are a number of commercial kits available.  I pack my own light weight kit per the list on the left. All up weighs 18g.
Aquamira Frontier Emergency water filter

Emergency water filter for hiking and camping
Perfect for foreign travel emergencies
Ideal "back up" filter for backpacking trips
Removes 99.9% of Giardia, Cryptosporidium and bacteria such as E. Coli
Removes pathogens and other contaminants down to 2 microns in size
Ultralight and compact
Essential part of your 72 hour emergency kit
Filters up to 20 gallons of water (depending on water quality)

Weight: less than 1 oz (28g)
Filtration capacity: up to 20 gallons of water

GME MT410 406 MHz PLB

Australia and New Zealand

The MT410 AccuSat PLB (Personal Location Beacon) emergency beacon offers a 7 year battery replacement life, and 7 year warranty, the unit also features a high intensity flashing LED and a ‘Non Hazmat’ battery pack for simple and cost effective transportation


Activation Automatically when antenna deployed

Duration In excess if 24 hours at -20˚C; longer at higher ambient temperatures

Transmission 121.5 and 406 MHz
Delay 60 seconds to deactivate prior to distress transmission

Weight 235g

7 in 1 survival whistle

 7 in 1 survival whistle kit : whistle, magnifying glass, signal mirror, compass, thermometer , small container (for storage of small items) and white LED light .

A button switch for LED light

Powered by 2 X CR2016 cell button ( included )

Temperature range:20-50C

Portable and easy to carry with lanyard.

Size: 9.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm
Weight: 45g

Emergency Space Blanket

These single use space blankets are for emergency situations.  They are available in a range of sizes and formats including a sleeping bag edition.  A common size is 56 x 84 inches or 142 x 213 cm and weighs 3 ounces or 85 grams.
Highlander Survival Bivy Bag

Size - 91cm x 183cm (36" x 72")
Heavy duty - 500 gauge
Bright Orange for High Visibility
Survival instructions printed on outside
Folds Easily
Weight - 250g
Light my Fire SL3

Developed by Tool Logic®
8 cm (3.1 inch) blade, 50/50 serrated
Spear-tip point
Can be opened and closed with one hand
Built-in FireSteel® fire starter
Emergency whistle
Lanyard with fluorescent clip
Belt clip

Weight 78g 2.7 oz

SPACE® Brand Outdoor All Weather Lightweight Blanket US made (blue/silver)

The True Original Space® All Season Outdoor Blanket

The blanket is totally reusable and will last a very long time. There are reports and samples over 25 years old.

This blanket will reflect and help retain over 80% of radiated body heat, providing warmth and protection, even in sub zero temperatures. This is a premier accessory product for all outdoor activities. The fully bound material measures 60" (152 cm) by 84" (214cm), weighs just 12 ounces (340 g).

Shelter: Use as a personal emergency shelter against the effects of wind, rain and cold. Use the silver side facing towards you for maximum reflectivity. Use as a sun reflector by facing silver side outward or line the inside of your tent to keep out heat or cold.

Medical: Help prevent hypothermia by maintaining body heat. Sit or squat, when possible, to effectively concentrate your core body heat. Protect your head and chest area. Move around frequently, to maintain good circulation and create body heat.

Vango Stormshelter 200

An essential piece of safety gear for all season usage. Standard kit for hill walking, alpinism and winter mountaineering. Just pull it out for lunch breaks, instructional sessions or map reading, and if necessary will prove irreplaceable in extreme, survival situations

Pack size 16 x ř12cm

Weight 0.45 kg