Be prepared before you hit the
trail! It's a simple thing to do and will make
your hiking experience more fun. Bring water and an extra jacket. When your hike takes longer than
anticipated or the weather changes suddenly, water and a jacket make the
The lightweight, compact kind for unexpected or emergency delays.
Inexpensive and lightweight. You will be happy to have it if you get
hurt or lost to let other people know your location.
A backup to your flashlight.
Warm sweater or jacket
Gloves and hat
Keeps your energy up and may be needed to hold you over in an
A great way for parents and kids to stay in touch.
Additional items to have,
but are not necessary.
Gum or Mints
All of this weighs
about 4 lbs.
Know your ABC's of wilderness
conditions can change quickly and dramatically in the wilderness,
especially in the mountains. Cotton is cool but may trap
moisture to your body instead of wicking it away as synthetic fibers
or natural wool do. If you are stranded in an emergency, it's
best to have a synthetic or wool fiber next to your body to keep you
warm and dry.