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Top 10 Camping and Hiking Essentials
Don't Forget the Necessities!

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Top 10 Hiking and Camping Essentials

Delays or changes in weather can cause emergencies. Even on short day hikes, each person should take and know how to use these items:

Topographic map and compass.

Extra food and water. Boiling water kills giardia; treatment pills may not.

Extra clothing, including rain gear, wool socks, sweater, gloves and hat.

Flashlight with spare bulb and batteries.

Waterproof matches and fire starter such as a candle.

Sun Protection
Sunglasses and sunscreen.

First Aid
Aid kit including any special medications you might need.

A folding pocket knife.

Audible/visual; whistle (good for scaring off threatening animals too) & metal mirror.

Emergency Shelter
Plastic tube shelter or waterproof bivouac sack.

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