There are a few things I like to bring with me whenever I go for a hike or a trip to the mountains. These aren’t fancy or super expensive items, but they do allow me to adventure confidently knowing that I’ve got everything I need.
This is a must for myself. I carry one everyday and there are always a million uses for it.
Emergency Medical Kit
An absolute necessity, if you don’t have one when you need it things can go from bad to worse. Plus they’re pretty inexpensive, so why not?
Weather can change in an instant. I’ve seen snow and sun on the same day, but if you packed for it, it’s not a problem.
From cold toes at -40 to wet feet because of a Fall rain, you’ll be glad you packed some.
Food and Hydration
The longer the hike, the more you need. This can be as simple as a sandwich and a water bottle to multiple meals and a hydration bladder. Do you want to save weight or are you not sure how much clean water you’ll find? Water filters are light, small, and good for many uses.
You may think you always know which way is north, but trust me, you’ll still be wrong sometimes.
A Map… of Some Sort
This can take the form of a physical map, a guide book, or an offline app.
Anything that you think you’ll need, anything that will come in handy or just something to brighten your day.