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.

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

Hiking Ten Essentials: Don't Leave Home Without Them

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

Day Hiking Essentials https://uk.pinterest.com/uksportoutdoors/kayakiing/pins/

7 Tips for Beginning Hikers

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!

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.

What to Wear Hiking

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.

Getting to Know Bears: Be Bear Aware #Infographic #Animal #Beer

Getting to Know Bears: Be Bear Aware #Infographic

A day hiker's gear list that you can print and use for your next big day hike #packingtip

A day hiker's gear list that you can print and use for your next big day hike #packingtip

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