Hiking offers a variety of experiences and hikers should be familiar with terrain, local wildlife and safety rules. Be prepared for your hiking adventure by bringing the following items:

  1. Cell phone
  2. Clothing (always bring something warm, extra socks and rain gear)
  3. Compass
  4. First aid kit
  5. Food (bring extra)
  6. Flashlight
  7. Foil (to use as a cup or signaling device)
  8. Hat
  9. Insect repellent
  10. Map
  11. Nylon filament
  12. Pocket knife
  13. Pocket mirror (to use as a signaling device)
  14. Prescription glasses (an extra pair)
  15. Prescription medications for ongoing medical conditions
  16. Radio with batteries
  17. Space blanket or a piece of plastic (to use for warmth or shelter)
  18. Sunglasses
  19. Sunscreen
  20. Trash bag (makes an adequate poncho)
  21. Water
  22. Candle
  23. Waterproof matches or matches in a waterproof tin
  24. Water purification tablets
  25. Whistle (to scare off animals or to use as a signaling device)