Don’t Forget the Essentials!
This is a great time of the year to wrap up warmly and go for that invigorating hike. Before you leave, check out that you’re carrying The 10 Essentials, as recommended by the Sierra Club:
- Navigation tools (map, compass, GPS, whistles)
- Sun protection (glasses, sunscreen, hat)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (flashlight)
- First-aid supplies (adhesive bandages, Tecnu, antiseptic ointment)
- Fire (firestarter, matches)
- Repair kit (penknife, duct tape)
- Extra food
- Extra water
- Emergency shelter (space blanket, tarp)
Depending on your itinerary, you won’t need all of these every time you hike, but this is a great list to keep in mind! Happy Hiking!
– Judy Molland
Redwood City’s Judy Molland is the author of Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future (Free Spirit, 2009) and Straight Talk About Schools Today (Free Spirit, 2007).