Written by the American Hiking Society. Rewritten by us.
- Proper shoes. A good shoe makes all the difference. Imagine what two of them can do.
- Analog yourself. GPS is awesome, until it isn’t. There’s no shame in a paper map and compass.
- Water. Carry more than you think you need. Coors Light doesn’t count.
- Food. Calorie-dense stuff is best. This is definitely not the time for celery sticks.
- Rain gear/Dry-fast layers. Remember the last time you got caught in the rain wearing jeans? Ugh. And that was probably just in a parking lot..
- Light. Fire. Whistle. Being safe means you can always see your way, warm yourself, call for help. Even if you don’t use them, being prepared is sexy.
- First aid kit. Because “Rub some dirt in it” doesn’t actually work. And it hurts.
- Knife/Multi-tool. You never know what you’re gonna need a blade for. Especially if a chupacabra comes along.
- Sun protection. Sunscreen is a must. Sun-protective clothing, sunglasses, etc. are too. The sun’s beautiful, but she can be bitch.
- Shelter. A little protection from the elements goes a long way. Even a “space blanket” works well when you’re in a pinch. Plus, they’re cool and shiny..
While we’re having a little fun with these things, they are ALL very important. Check out the official American Hiking Society list here: https://americanhiking.org/resources/10essentials/