Safe Hiking Checklist  Edit: a couple times I went without one or two of these things and I suffered because of it

Safe Hiking Checklist Edit: a couple times I went without one or two of these things and I suffered because of it

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We see people on trails all the time carrying nothing but a small water bottle. Did you know there are actually ten essentials for survival that you are expected to carry in the backcountry? These essentials are supposed to apply even for short day hikes. Below, I’ve analyzed them as daypack essentials, with suggestions for what is necessary, what isn’t, and some small extras you can add to ward off many disasters on the trail.

We see people on trails all the time carrying nothing but a small water bottle. Did you know there are actually ten essentials for survival that you are expected to carry in the backcountry? These essentials are supposed to apply even for short day hikes. Below, I’ve analyzed them as daypack essentials, with suggestions for what is necessary, what isn’t, and some small extras you can add to ward off many disasters on the trail.

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Pack only what you need. #WildMovie Watch it on Digital HD! http://www.foxdigitalhd.com/wild

Pack only what you need. #WildMovie Watch it on Digital HD! http://www.foxdigitalhd.com/wild

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Being a hot sweaty mess on the trail is no bueno. In my new blog post, I share my favorite hiking get-ups that help you stay dry and comfy no matter the conditions.

Being a hot sweaty mess on the trail is no bueno. In my new blog post, I share my favorite hiking get-ups that help you stay dry and comfy no matter the conditions.

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The different types of #backpacks and how to choose one for camping, hiking, or rock climbing.  http://www.outdoorblueprint.com/outfit/backpacks

The different types of #backpacks and how to choose one for camping, hiking, or rock climbing. http://www.outdoorblueprint.com/outfit/backpacks

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As you prepare for your first hiking trip, or really for any hiking trip, here are 19 essentials to keep you safe out on the trials!

As you prepare for your first hiking trip, or really for any hiking trip, here are 19 essentials to keep you safe out on the trials!

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Day Hike Checklist - glad to see the Neutrogena sunscreen (highly rated by my dermatologist) and the wide brimmed hat. Not sure a roll of toilet paper is required!

Day Hike Checklist - glad to see the Neutrogena sunscreen (highly rated by my dermatologist) and the wide brimmed hat. Not sure a roll of toilet paper is required!

Happy (and healthy) hiking! Hit the trails and know all the hiking hacks that will help you reach the summit with ease!

Happy (and healthy) hiking! Hit the trails and know all the hiking hacks that will help you reach the summit with ease!

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