Be Prepared

Anytime you venture into snowmobile terrain, some risk is involved. You could be stranded due to mechanical problems; unexpected, severe weather; injury; or getting lost. It’s best to be prepared for potential problems.

Before You Leave…

Tell someone where you plan to travel and when you will be back.

What to Bring Along

Essential supplies

Figure 1: Essential supplies

Map and Compass:

Topographic maps are useful because they show the area in three dimensions. Buy a good orienteering compass, and learn how to use it with a topographic map.

First-Aid Kit:

Carry a first-aid kit, and take a first-aid course so that you’ll know how to respond in an emergency.

Survival Kit:

You also should carry:

  • Emergency food and water (enough for one or two extra days)
  • Flashlight
  • Hand axe or saw
  • High-energy snacks such as candy bars
  • Signal flares
  • Tarpaulin
  • Waterproof matches

Other Useful Items:

  • Mobile phone and GPS unit
  • Radio for weather updates