The 10 Essentials – Never Hike Without These!

There are 10 items that you should always carry with you on the trip. These are the 10 essentials.


The first essential is navigation and that includes your map and a compass.

I have many maps and I’ve tried to pick one up for every location that I go. To use along with maps, I also like to keep bits and pieces of books that talk about the trail and different turns and features that may be good to know for your trip.

It’s important not just to have a map and compass but also know how to use it. Before you go out make sure you’ve taken a course or watched some videos tutorials on how to use your map and compass

2.UV Protection

Number two is UV protection. This includes suns-cream, sunglasses and a hat and this is for all types of weather. So before you leave for the trail it’s great to have one of these sitting in your car


Number three is insulation. This is gonna mean something that is gonna keep you warm. This is hopefully gonna be an insulated jacket if you have one.

Although you do have to think because this isn’t great for water so if you are in wet conditions or the potential of precipitation, you want to think of ways to protect your insulation as well.

4. Illumination

Number four is illumination. I always always always bring my headlamp with me and if I’m spending the night, I’ll usually bring some sort of camp light to light up the area that I’m sleeping in.

Be careful with your headlamp when you’re packing it but I found that my battery kept dying every time. That’s because it was on the entire time in my bag while I was hiking. Now I just take one battery and I flip it over in my bag and that way it doesn’t turn on while I’m hiking

5. First-aid kit

Number five is your first-aid kit. With your first-aid kit you want to make sure that everything inside of it you know how to use because otherwise you’re just carrying extra weight that isn’t useful to you.

I also like to keep moleskin for blisters, tweezers for splinters. Safety pins are useful if you need to wrap something up and hold it together I keep my gauze bandages and wipes all in this water sealed bag.

6. Hydration

Number six is gonna be your hydration or your water. So before you leave for the trail, you hopefully know where most of the water sources are and where you can safely refill your water bottle and if there isn’t a water source, make sure to pack enough water for your trip

And if there is a water source , I like to use or a life straw which is not as efficient. You need it when you can’t have as much water on you but I have had to use this at a time when I was extremely thirsty.

7. Nutrition

Number seven is nutrition. The basic rule of nutrition is that when you’re going out, you want to pack extra food to last you one day longer than your original plan.

8. Fire starting kit

Number eight is gonna be your fire starting kit. Some people think that matches are all you need in your fire starting kit but the truth is they don’t stay lit long enough for you to light anything else.

Therefore in that case we need to bring paper or something that is going to stay with the flame so we can drive things off and create the warmth that we need.

9. Repair kit

Number nine is gonna be a repair kit so this might include a Leatherman if you’re carrying a firm arrest or something like that it might be important to have something that’s going to repair your sleeping mat for the night or it could be something as simple as duct tape.

Duct tape is also good if your pack has a hole in it or if something has a leak something you need to seal. it’s very useful

10. Emergency blanket

Finally number ten is gonna be your emergency blanket. Emergency blankets can be used for so many things. It is a great source of heat can be used as shelter above you.

It can be used to keep an injured person warm or to line the floor of your tent. I encourage you to be creative with this important tool. This is way too much lying to everybody to ten essentials.

if you had to pick one extra essential, i would choose an extra pair of dry socks because when your feet get wet and you’re walking a long distance, there’s no amount of supplies in your first-aid kit that can make that feel better.

So let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for us. We are sharing what we know but we don’t know everything and we’re here to learn as well.


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