Even if you plan on being out when it’s dark, plans often change without prior warning. You might have taken longer than expected to complete your route, but should the worst happen and you’re waiting for a rescue team, once darkness has fallen it would be increasingly difficult to find you without a signal from a torch.
A first aid kit is essential for any hill walker. If you choose to buy an ‘off-the-shelf-kit’ make sure you know exactly how to use everything in it. If you do choose to build your own consider all situations as well as the quantity you will need if you’re heading out in a group.
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You may never have thought of packing a whistle, but if you encounter any troubles and need to attract attention, it takes a lot less effort to blow a whistle than to scream and shout.