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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:

Navigation
Topographic map and compass.

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

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

Light
Flashlight with spare bulb and batteries.

Fire
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.

Knife
A folding pocket knife.

Signal
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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