Wilderness First Responder Course Packing List
When you pack for a Train NEK Wilderness First Responder course, you are essentially packing for several different learning environments:
Lecture-Based Portions where you’ll generally be sitting in a chair in front of a dry erase board.
Practical Sessions and Scenarios where you’ll be kneeling and rolling around on wet, muddy, rocky ground or floors in all but extreme weather conditions, pretending to be hurt and practicing your rescue skills. Expect some amount of sitting and standing outdoors, possibly in bright sun, strong winds and/or rain.
Mock Rescue Session: At some point toward the end of the class you will be traveling / hiking as a group to perform a mock patient rescue. While this generally occurs during the day, some groups have the option to do this after dusk.
The more prepared you are to stay warm and comfortable, the more you will get out of the course!
How to Dress for Class
Wear comfortable, seasonally appropriate layers that you don’t mind getting stretched or dirty (a base “wicking” layer, an insulating mid-layer, and a warmer outer layer). Have rain gear top and bottoms ready, regardless of the season. For classroom sessions, any footwear is fine, but you’ll need sturdy, close-toed shoes or boots for outdoor sessions, as we’ll be kneeling and lifting patients on varied terrain.
There are no fashion points, and we really don’t want you to run out and buy stuff you don’t happen to have (although if you like the outdoors these are things you’ll eventually need for your adventures). If you are missing anything, we encourage you to borrow from friends or to check out secondhand stores such as Salvation Army or Goodwill, etc.
What to Bring With You Each Day
Participants must either bring their own patient – a non-socially-distanced family member, co-worker, friend or loved one – or be willing to partner with one other student at their own risk. Please see our COVID precautions for more info.
- Face Mask and Eye Protection
- Wristwatch with second hand for checking vital signs (your hands will be busy and unavailable to hold your phone)
- Paper and Pen or Pencil for taking notes (pencils work in the rain)
- Bag Lunch, Snacks, and 2 Liters of Water
- Sleeping Pad
- Sleeping Bag or non-cotton blanket
- Tarp or plastic sheet (minimum 6′ x 6′)
- 6-10 (30″ or so long) Ties (cravats, p-cord, shoelaces, webbing, etc.)
- Headlamp with Extra Batteries (WFRs)
- Day Pack large enough to fit all of the above (you’ll be carrying your pack with you everywhere, and using it during scenarios).
Also, please bring these items in any season. They are meant to be used to treat patients and so will supplement the clothing you wear!
- Warm Socks and Hat
- Mittens or Gloves
- Wicking Layer Top and Bottom
- Long Underwear Top and Bottom
- Waterproof Layer Top and Bottom
Trust us, we don’t care what your socks / fingernails / feet look like! But some people appreciate a heads up that we will be checking each others’ extremities on a daily basis as part of performing patient exams.
Optional But Useful Additional Items
First aid kit, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug repellent, ball cap or visor, travel mug, plastic whistle, multipurpose tool, trekking poles, and any gear you tend to have with you outdoors, such as a Crazy Creek chair®, so you can practice using it in scenarios for splinting, etc.