Hiking Accident Prevention: The 10 Essentials of Hiking

The 10 Essentials of Hiking

  • Map & Compass
  • Sufficient Water
  • Sufficient Food
  • Rain Wear
  • Fire Starter
  • First Aid Kit
  • All-In-One-Tool
  • Lighting
  • Sunscreen
  • Emergency Shelter

By bringing the ten essentials of hiking, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety.

The ten essentials apply to all levels of hiking. Whether you’re a day or overnight hiker, at some point in your outdoor experience, the ten essentials will eventually prove to be a life-saver.

If you’re not familiar with reading a map and compass, learn how to use them before your next trip. The same goes with setting up an emergency shelter, fire starter or using an all-in-one tool.

Practice map and compass, emergency shelter, and fire starter skills, in your back yard under similar weather conditions you’d expect to find on your hiking trip.

Click here for more detailed information about the 10 Essentials from the Washington Trails Association

Where to buy the 10 Essentials: Sporting goods stores, REI.com, Amazon

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers

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Hiking Accident Prevention: Why You Should Use A Compass and Map

A Map & Compass Are Hiking Survival Tools

Why should you learn to use a compass and map, when all you need is your GPS device?

The reason is battery failure. It’s ok to bring your GPS and cell phone, but don’t rely on them. In many wilderness areas, cell phone signals are weak or don’t exist.

If you’re not familiar with reading a map and compass, learn how to use them before your next trip. And then, put them in your pack for your next hike, even if it’s only for a day.

A compass and map applies to all skill levels, and is one of the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

Hikers sometimes get lost, or injured. If your device fails, or you aren’t carrying one, a map and compass could save you from hypothermia, or heat exhaustion.

Trail maps for U.S. national parks and U.S. forests can be ordered online from the U.S. Forest Service, and National Geographic, Click this link for State trail maps.

Where to buy a trail compass; Sporting goods stores, REI.com, Amazon.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers

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Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 24 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.  For her complete bio, visit the About Page.