This is the second post on packing for outdoor sports.
So, to revisit the list of priorities in an emergency from last week:
Protection from the elements
Some of these items can compensate for others to a certain degree, depending on your situation. For instance, if you are able to communicate with rescuers, remaining mobile might not be as important, or vice versa. However, life gets miserable quickly if you don’t have the top three sorted, and of these, first aid is the most important.
It’s great to watch the joy with which young children throw themselves into mud. As any parent will know, kids seem to make an almost instinctual beeline to muddy puddles. Getting completely caked in dirt is a pure form of hedonism and a playful up-yours to the prim sterility of modern living. But as kids get older and start to play in more “sophisticated” ways, there are fewer opportunities to get feral in a mud-bath. Most of us adults are unable to remember the last time we did so. It seems a shame to deprive ourselves of such an innocent means of enjoyment and connection with nature.