Trip Safety

CIWC wants everyone to have a safe, enjoyable trip. Carefully determine what trip is right for you. Please understand that many club trips require good physical and mental conditioning. Please do not sign up for more than you are capable of because this could pose a risk not only to yourself but also to other group members going on the trip. Trips are rated as “beginning,” “intermediate” or “advanced.” Feel free to discuss a specific trip with the trip leader. Also be sure to alert the trip leader of any medical condition that may affect your safety or the safety of others.

If you have been to a beginning class or gone on a beginning trip in the past, you probably have much of the foundation you need to go on a trip rated for beginners. For trips rated as intermediate or advanced, talk to your trip leader about what you can do to prepare for the trip and what kinds of training you may need for that specific trip. In addition to having the correct gear, condition yourself for the required physical level of endurance.

Get the right gear for the specific trip. If you are going on a backpacking trip, review our Backpacking Checklist of Equipment (a Word document).

Consult your trip leader for suggestions geared to your specific trip. For all trips, it is recommended that you take along a personal safety kit. Items you might want to consider putting into your kit include:

Elastic ankle wrap Waterproof first-aid tape
Tweezers Pain reliever (Asprin, Tylenol)
Scissors (small ones) Anti-inflammatory (Ibuprofin)
Alcohol Prep Pads Decongestant medication for colds & flu
Povidone-iodine wound cleaner Benedryl
Neosporine/Triple antibiotic ointment Hand Sanitizer (small bottle)
Moleskin Sting-Eze
Standard band-aids Chemical Cold pack
Butterfly band-aids Small package powdered Gatorade
4×4 gauze pads Personal medications

Communicate the trip itinerary to your family or friends at home. The trip leader will communicate to you information about the rendezvous point, the destination and the likely spots you will be at each day. Phone numbers of emergency contacts will be included. Leave a copy of this at home.

In October of 2011 CIWC member, Corporal Bill Beville, gave an excellent presentation on basic survival principles and trip safety to our group. Bill Beville has been a Conservation Officer with the Indiana department of Natural Resources since 1985. He is also an Assistant District Commander for District 9.
New: See the slides of this wonderful presentation as a .pdf file: Survival: A State of Mind. The survival/safety topics he spoke about are relevant to anyone spending time in the wilderness.

Please complete the medical form linked below and keep it with you at all times on your trip. If there is an emergency, this form will give your trip leader and medical provider much needed information.

Medical Information and Emergency Contact Form

Additional Resources:
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