Cross Country Magazine Tuesday Tip

This week's tip is from Barry Roberts and is a sneak preview from an article about flying in wild places, due out in the next issue (March/April) of Cross Country magazine

Prepare your belt kit

Jungle expedition people always carry a 'belt kit' gear pouch with life-saving equipment if they get lost in the jungle. Make sure your belt kit is accessible (for example, if you are hanging in a tree).

A pilot’s belt kit should include:

  • Cigarette lighter
  • Whistle – three blasts to indicate distress (six in the UK and Europe)
  • Small mirror – for signalling
  • Spool of dental floss – for lowering to the ground to pull a rope up if you crash into a tree
  • Mini head torch
  • Mini multi-tool
  • Compass
  • Spare batteries
  • High energy (adventure racing type) food
  • Cling film sandwich wrap (half a roll length)
  • Roller bandage
  • Mini pharmacy
  • Supply of essential regular personal medications
  • ID/passport/cash/credit card/insurance documentation
  • Hidden cash stash – money talks if you need help. US dollars are universally recognised
  • Pencil/paper

You may be surprised at the paucity of first aid supplies on this list but it is impractical to carry more.

Barry Roberts is commercial director of Wilderness Medical Travel

Belt Pack Contents