The â€˜ten essentialsâ€™ are items which are promoted as necessary for safe travel in the wilderness. Hikers, backpackers, hunters and campers all pack these items to help them navigate the outdoors more safely.
The ten essentials are
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Extra clothing
- Headlamp or torch
- First-aid supplies
- Fire starter
- Extra food
Emergency will thrust you into a situation that is similar to those exploring the outdoors. Potentially your access to clean water, electricity, shelter and food will all be stripped away. Compiling emergency supplies will help you minimise the risks around emergency survival.
This 5 in 1 whistle covers at least two of the essentials, as well as providing several other helpful tools. It includes a shrill whistle, compass, signalling mirror, flint starter, a waterproof container, and lanyard.
Whistles have saved many lives during emergencies. A human voice cannot carry very far and in worst case scenarios, it is not strong enough for rescuers to hear. If we become injured or trapped for long periods, we will become weaker over time â€“ making our voices even more difficult to use. A whistle is very easy to blow and the shrill squeaking noise is easy to distinguish from ambient, environmental noises.
Examples include people who become lost in the bush. Several bursts of a whistle can lead friends, family or rescuers in the right direction. Other examples are people who become trapped in buildings due to earthquakes, storms or bombings. Whistle bursts can be heard through the rubble and are distinguishable from the other noises of rescues.
The other aids included in the whistle can help you survive. It comes build in with a flint fire starter to allow you to get a camp fire going. A fire can also attract attention of would be rescuers.
The signalling mirror is used to catch light and draw attention. This is particularly helpful if you are lost in the bush and aerial searchers are looking for you.
This whistle is a small, inexpensive addition to your survival preparations. Its a great idea to keep one on you at all time â€“ in your backpack or purse because you never know when disasters might strike.