Staying Alive! The Ten Essentials for Your Trip

A compass aligned to north on top of a topographic map.
A map and compass are two of the ten essential items to bring with when hiking.

NPS, Mike Punches

Overview: Students will be introduced to the basic ten essentials necessary for taking a short, three to five mile hiking trip into a local park, national park, or other outdoor trip. The students will participate in a series of scenarios assessing their knowledge of the ten essentials and preparedness for surviving common situations they might face on a short hiking trip.
Grade Level:
5 - 12
Objectives: Students will be able to:
  • Identify the ten essential items suggested for travel on any hiking trip.
  • Understand the importance of carrying each of the ten essential items while on a hiking trip into a local park, national park, or other outdoor trip.
  • Identify other items that might be considered for a trip into a local park.
Lesson Plan:
Staying Alive - word, 45KB
Staying Alive - pdf, 541KB
Resources: Staying Alive Ten Essentials
Staying Alive Master Scenario List
Staying Alive Scenarios
Staying Alive Items for Trip
Staying Alive Ten Essentials Quiz

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