Many searches involve day searching, the items listed for day use should be packed into the day pack or set aside while packing at home, to be ready for a quick departure on arrival at search base.
When going out on a day search (planning to be back at base that night), take the following items described in the next section. All items mandatory unless stated otherwise.
Day searching equipment
|Large day pack (mm 40 litres) or weekend size pack||A normal weekend size pack is recommended. Items not taken into the field can be stored at base in the storage bag.|
|Weatherproof clothing||GoreTex® or equivalent material hooded jacket and over-trousers.|
|First aid kit & medication||Refer to Chapter 11.|
|Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat|
|Fire lighting items|
|Coloured toilet paper, one roll||For marking a search boundary.|
|Large plastic bags|
|Food, scroggin||For personal needs. Include more than normal to cater for the casualty and in case of an unplanned overnight out. For example, extra noodles, packet soups. fruit etc.|
|Water||Two litres. Fill up before leaving home.|
|Notepad & pen||Inside a plastic bag|
|Torch. spare battery & globe|
|Warm clothes||Be prepared for an unplanned night out. Take extra for the rescued person.|
|Compass and whistle|
|Map||A photocopy of the search area will usually be issued at base. Personal maps of the area brought from home, if available, should also be taken.|
|Sleeping mat, closed cell foam||For casualty management and personal use|
|Long trousers||Shorts are NOT suitable for searching|
|Eating utensils||Optional. For feeding the rescued person and personal use, particularly if having to biwy out and eat emergency rations.|
|Scrambling rope & karabiners||Optional.|
BSAR vests and radios are issued to members on arrival at search base.