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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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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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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A day hiker's gear list that you can print and use for your next big day hike.
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Got so excited about May that I forgot about this Wednesday. Zion, Moab, Canyonlands bound with my ride or die, @alpine-ardor. Thank god we are car camping.

Got so excited about May that I forgot about this Wednesday. Zion, Moab, Canyonlands bound with my ride or die, @alpine-ardor. Thank god we are car camping.

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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!

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