There are many things that hikers need to bring along when they go on a trip and the list changes depending on where they go. You would not pack the same for a hike in the rainforest, for example, as you would for one in your local park in January. Weather and terrain will determine a good bit of that. There are, however, several items that a hiker should bring along to every hike. Remember…these are minimums and you will need other things depending on where you go. r:
A Supply Guide for Beginning Hikers
Here is a look at those items which should always be carried for the beginning hike
First Aid Kit
A basic first aid kit is absolutely necessary to bring along for a hike and if you are living in snake country, a snake bite kit makes good sense too. These kits are super easy to find and you can buy them at the local Walmart. Invest a few extra bucks and get a good one so that it will last and then simply resupply it as you run out of items.
This is huge and particularly so if you are going into unfamiliar territory. If you are lost, you will absolutely need water and fire. These two things will help you to get through an emergency and allow for cooking and sustenance. Bring along actual water but also a filtration device or tablets to purify. A couple of lighters (new) and a flint will do wonders for fire. These are basic necessities that you must have in an emergency. Don’t be caught without them.
A few whistles
You should have at least one and an extra but bringing along one for each hiker is always a good idea. They are lightweight but they are very effective at helping searchers find you. They also can be used in a pinch to spook off a bear or other large wildlife.
Bonus Tip: If you live in bear country, grab a can of bear spray to keep nearby too. You can never be too careful.
If you are alone in the woods at night because of getting lost or injured, you will appreciate the source of light more than you know.
High energy food that will keep
Find foods like granola, raisins, apples, nuts and so on that will not go bad and bag them in airtight containers. These can provide nice energy rushes that will keep you for longer periods of time. Also, of course, plan for the food you will need on the hike itself. This snack food should be for the occasional pick you up.
Cell phone with extra power
Although cell phones will not always work in some places, they are still worth bringing. The odds are pretty good you will get a signal in most places you go, so having one could save your life. If you get no signal, at least you will have the chance of finding one as you find your way around. No cell phone guarantees no signal.
Colored duct tape
Nothing is better than duct tape when it comes to solving problems. If you are lost, you can post strips of tape along the path that you take to lead the way. It can also keep you from going in circles trying to find your way out. Also, you can use duct tape to fix a million things from shelters to even blankets. Give it a shot and you will be quite surprised at all the things you can do with it.
This is a really good one because other than the obvious uses, you can use them as a rain shelter. Simply cut a hole in the bottom and poke your head through for a quick parka.
A small pot
Finally, you will need a small pot to cook things in. Even if it is just to purify drinking water by boiling, this pot could save your life. Find one that is easy to carry and never forget it.
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