Thinking about…the 10 essentials for every hiker and backpacker

Long distance hike, day hike, a few hours in the forest.  Do not make the trip without these 10 essential items:

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Warm Clothing :: Sweater or Pile Jacket, Long Pants (wool or synthetic, NOT cotton), Hat (wool)
  4. Extra Food and Water
  5. Flashlight or Headlamp
  6. Matches/Firestarters
  7. First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
  8. Whistle
  9. Rain/Wind Jacket & Pants
  10. Pocket Knife

More people have gotten into trouble on the trail simply because they did not carry a few basic items.  For more information about this topic visit


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