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When you pack for lengthier hikes, there are some things you just can't forget in your hiking backpacks. Fill your hiking bags with these items, and you'll have a much safer, happier time on the trail.
• Map and compass. Don't leave home without them!
• Water and water purification. Don't assume you'll always find water along the trail.
• Extra food. In case of an emergency, don't be caught short.
• Wet weather gear, including extra clothing.
• Swiss Army knife or other small tools.
• Well stocked first aid kit.
• A good flashlight with extra bulbs.
• Sunglasses and sunscreen.
If you start your hike with these essentials, you'll enjoy your hiking a lot more. Even on a day hike, your hiking backpacks should include these items for a safer, more secure trip.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|