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When hiking, you will most likely need the same amount of gear and hiking equipmentfor a three-day trip as you would for a ten-day trip. Weather is an unpredictable factor, however. Always prepare for the worst. Bring extra plastic ponchos, tarp, rope, and -- if you're using one -- a tent repair kit. The longer you hike, the more comfort you'll need. Consider thicker sleeping bag pads or even sunshower containers, which collect rain water and heat it with the sun's rays to give you a well-deserved shower every few days!