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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