24 Hour Pack List
Cadets on an ES training mission

Personal Search Equipment Requirements
This looks like a lot of gear and yes, it can get expensive quickly. The best way to start out if you're on a tight budget is to improvise. Ask others in the unit if they have any gear that they are upgrading and want to sell off. Check out garage sales and the classifieds. With a little thought and ingenuity, you can put together a good 24 hour pack for much less than it would cost to buy all the stuff new. Focus on getting the stuff in bold first, since that's what you will need right away.

4 – Antacid tablets 4 – Acetaminophen or aspirin tablets
2 – Antiseptic cleansing pads 1 – Splinter forceps, tweezers
1 – Antiseptic ointment 1 – Towelette, clean
6 – Band aid, various sizes 1 – Roller gauze Bandage
1 – Candle, long burning 2 – Safety pins, large
2 – Cotton swabs, non sterile 1 – Insect repellant
1 – Duct tape, 5 – 10 ft. 1 – Lip balm, with sunscreen
1 – Plastic bag, zip lock, qt. size 1 – Sunscreen lotion
Moleskin 2pr – Latex gloves

Your 24 hour pack is an important tool. It could save your life or that of the subject's, if it contains what you need when you need it . It also needs to be highly portable, accessible, light weight and durable. A search call-out can occur at any time of the day or night so your pack should be mission ready at all times. It is best if your 24 pack is a dedicated piece of equipment, used only for SAR. Most members keep them in their vehicles so wherever they go, their pack goes too. The following list contains suggestions of gear that has been proven in the field, starting with the essentials, but you may add items or substitute to suit your own needs. Try to
keep it as light as possible, if it exceeds 25 lbs. there is probably something in there that you don't really need.
The essentials:

1) The Pack itself
It should:

  • Fit you well and feel comfortable and secure fully loaded
  • Be of internal frame construction with 2200 - 3500 cubic inches capacity
  • Have a wide and padded waist band with a quick-release buckle
  • Have compression straps and gear tie down points for versatility

2) Water and Food - 2 meals or one MRE (one MRE is a day's rations)
3) Two 1 quart canteens
4) Tarp or personal pup tent
5) Two large plastic garbage bags - Get the heavy duty ones, 40 gallon size
6) Two Emergency blankets - The shiny silver mylar kind; one for below you and one to cover you or your subject.
7) 50 feet of Paratrooper cord (or similar cord) Extra rope can be carried
8) Pocket Knife or Leatherman Tool (Swiss army style works well)
9) Personal First Aid Kit and vinyl gloves (NO LATEX. Some people have allegic reactions to latex)
10) Whistle - Nickel plated brass or plastic is fine.
11) 1 roll of fluorescent flagging tape (or grid tape)
12) Flashlight
13) Spare flashlight (Mini Maglite is a good spare flashlight)
14) Spare Batteries and Bulbs (always carry both for both lights)
15) Navigation Kit Pack
Pack it in a large size ziplock bag. It should include:

  • Good quality compass
  • Note pad and pen
  • Local area hiking trail maps
  • UTM grid template

16) Signal mirror
17) Water Purification - Iodine tablets or crystals work. Pump filters are good but can be bulky and expensive.
18) Sunblock and chapstick
19) Sunglasses
20) Water-proof Matches (or pocket lighter) keep them dry
21) Toilet Paper - Don't pack an entire roll, just enough for a few trips to the nearest bush, sealed inside a ziplock bag.
22) Stash of Cash - It's a good idea to keep five or ten dollars in your pack in case you need money for a meal out,
gas for your car, or phone calls.
23) Leather work gloves
24) Cyalume chemical lightsticks (shake and break glow sticks work)

Hawk Mountain Ranger Gear List

Day Gear:

  1. 2 quarts of water
  2. Lots of snacks and food that do not require cooking
  3. Rain gear/poncho
  4. Spare Socks
  5. Flashlight and extra batteries - headlamp preferred
  6. Trash bags, one large heavy duty bag can be used for an expedient shelter in emergency situations
  7. Leather Gloves
  8. Hand/Foot warmers optional
  9. Matches storm proof are preferred.
  10. Pocket Knife
  11. Compass
  12. Orange Hard Hat
  13. Orange Vest
  14. Eye Protection
  15. Small Personal First Aid Kit (see ground team packing list for details)
  16. Toilet Paper

Extended Gear:

  1. Closed cell foam sleeping pad
  2. Sleeping bag - extreme cold weather, down or synthetic but NOT cotton
  3. Ground cloth
  4. Small Lightweight tent
  5. Spare Socks
  6. Spare BDU Trousers
  7. Food for 4 or 5 meals (hot)
  8. Eating Untensils
  9. Small Stove (optional)
  10. Soap, small towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
  11. Quart of Water

Official ES pack list

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