Wilderness search and rescue incidents combine large numbers of personnel and multiple deployable teams.
Communications, land navigation skills and search planning based on the Lost Person Behavior statistical modeling system contribute to the Incident Management Team.
The effectiveness of wilderness rescue relies on the ability of all team members to be self-reliant in the wilderness for operational periods of up to 24 hours in potentially isolated areas with rough terrain and severe weather.
Below is a compilation from multiple sources with my own added opinions. This list is not an “all inclusive” list (how much can you fit into a backpack anyway?), but It will get you thru the next 24 hours in most cases.
Rescue Backpack - Must Haves
I hope you found this article helpful. If you pack some tried and true items that did not make my list, please comment and include a description and use of the items.