10 Hiking and Camping Essentials
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
Extra clothing, including rain gear, wool socks, sweater, gloves and
Flashlight with spare bulb and batteries.
Waterproof matches and fire starter such as a candle.
Sunglasses and sunscreen.
Aid kit including any special medications you might need.
A folding pocket knife.
Audible/visual; whistle (good for scaring off threatening animals too) & metal
Plastic tube shelter or waterproof bivouac sack.