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Accidents happen all the time, but the worst possible time for an accident is during an emergency. Not only does it add insult to injury (almost literally), but it creates a whole series of problems that compound the original catastrophe you’re already battling. Who wants to deal with an infected laceration when you’re in the middle of a protracted breakdown of society? Nobody, that’s who. As well, getting the flu, a cold, and even a headache from lack of water can have a serious effect on how you manage your situation. Keeping your mind and body in tip-top shape is almost as important as having clean water, nutritious food and a safe place to sleep at night.

When it comes to making sure you’re healthy enough to tackle whatever obstacles impede your journey, you would be well advised to consider these bits of advice, tips and gear suggestions. You never know when your health and well-being may depend on them.


Weather is an unavoidable variable to any outside activity. Depending on your circumstances, length of exposure and equipment at your disposal, it is best to be prepared for the worst. Weather can change from moment to moment, especially if you are in unfamiliar territory.

1.0.1 Temperature falls at a more or less constant rate with increasing altitude — about 1 degree (F) for every 300 feet in elevation. Wind is forced by the mountain to rise and cool, causing higher precipitation on windward mountain slopes.

1.0.2 A whiteout makes travel extremely difficult and dangerous. If one occurs, play it safe by building a shelter and staying put until the conditions clear up. If you’re on the road, pull as far off to the side as possible and safe, and take precautions to let less careful drivers know you’re there.

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