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You Will Need
- Water and a purifier
- First-aid kit
- Clothing and footwear
- Matches or a lighter
- Optional: Sealable plastic bag
Carry a map
Carry a detailed map of the area where you will be hiking. Maps that indicate trails and landmarks or that have contour lines to show elevation are best.
Use a compass
Know how to use your compass with your map so you can find your way if you get lost.
Bring water and drink while you hike. Carry a water purification device, such as a filter, iodine tablets, or a stove for boiling.
Pack enough food to last your whole trip, plus extra servings, just in case.
Have first aid
Bring a first-aid kit with bandages, medicine, and other emergency supplies.
Bring rain gear
Pack waterproof rainwear and extra socks in addition to good boots. Bring any changes of clothes you will need to stay comfortable.
Pack fire starters
Carry a dry box of matches or a lighter as well as kindling.
Carry a knife
Carry a knife or a multi-tool with you at all times for opening things, cutting tape, cooking, and personal defense.
Bring a light
Bring a headlamp or flashlight with working batteries and a spare bulb in case you are out after dark.
Wear sun protection
Wear sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from the sun's rays.