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Always Be Prepared. If Something Goes Wrong, You’re On Your Own…

snowmobile emergency gear

Trail riding can quickly carry you far away from the nearest assistance, so each rider and group of riding buddies should carry snowmobile emergency gear, especially on your snowmobile tours or snowmobile vacations. Some of it is personal gear that each rider can carry, while other gear can be distributed among riding buddies to avoid unnecessary duplication or carrying too much weight. For group distribution to work, it is essential that you and your riding buddies establish a ride protocol where every rider is responsible for the rider behind to prevent anyone becoming lost or left behind.

Here are some suggested items to carry with you while snowmobiling. Depending on your riding situation, it’s your decision what to carry with you and which ones should be carried personally or within your group.

Suggested Individual Snowmobile Emergency Gear

Items that each riders should carry at all times…

  • Personal first aid kit
  • Cell phone
  • Personal meds
  • ID/medical info
  • Sun block/pain tablets/toilet paper
  • Work gloves & toque
  • Leatherman
  • Map/compass with mirror/signal whistle/flashlight
  • Extra clothing/survival blanket/chemical warmers
  • Energy snacks/dry soup packets/metal cup
  • Duct tape
  • Manufacturers tool kit
  • Sled manual
  • Nuts and bolts to fit sled
  • Spare belt/spark plugs to fit sled
  • Extra ignition key or DESS cap

Suggested Group Snowmobile Emergency Gear

Items that that every group should carry at all times…

  • GPS/SPOT unit or satellite phone
  • Saw/hatchet
  • Fire starter & tinder
  • Emergency candles and flares
  • Twine & tarp
  • Folding shovel
  • Survival instruction booklet
  • Tow rope/pry bar/mini propane torch
  • Extra wrenches
  • Zip ties/wire/hose clamps
  • Extra coolant
  • Extra gas & oil

CLASSIC VIDEO! In this classic Snowmobiler Television clip, The Intrepid Snowmobiler does his best to survive.


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The tips and advice in this blog are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.


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