Being safe in the outdoors, particularly when it comes to hiking and camping, should be priority number one, two, three, four, five and so on in my opinion.
Too often do we hear of stories where someone has ventured into the outdoors inadequately prepared, becomes lost or hurt and then is unable to assist themselves.
Now, injuries do occur without warning and taking a wrong turn does happen from time-to-time.
However, doing everything possible to be prepared so such unforeseen incidents can be dealt with accordingly can go a long way to limiting the severity of the end result.
Below are what I believe to be some of the necessary items you should bring with you on a day or multi-day hike.
This might be stating the bleeding obvious, but as someone who hikes regularly, the frequency of people who venture into the outdoors without adequate water is beyond ridiculous.
In my opinion, you should bring at least two litres of water with you to sip on during your hike. Sometimes three litres should the conditions require you to.
Obviously, you’ll bring more with you on a multi-day hike, but one litre is simply not enough.
A map, compass, GPS and any of the navigation apps available for smartphones are all useful tools to help with navigation.
Not only can it help you find your way around the trail you are on, but they’ll also assist in getting you out of a bind should you become lost.
In short – don’t leave home with them!
Similar to water, this seems like a no-brainer but you can never take enough food with you into the outdoors.
The best ones are those that are lightweight but full of calories and energy.
Trail mix, Snickers, Peanut M&Ms, energy bars and the like are just some of the examples of the foods you should consider taking with you on your next hike.
Appropriate Clothing & Gear
This will all be weather dependent, but taking the appropriate clothing to suit the conditions should be a non-negotiable.
If there is the slightest hint of rain, take a rain jacket.
Icy conditions expected? A down puffer jacket or similar will keep you nice and warm.
Perhaps it’s going to be stinking hot? Take a hat, some sunscreen and a quick dry top.
All of these are designed to prevent you from being exposed to the conditions should you find yourself in trouble.
First Aid Kit
Band aids, antiseptic cream, Hydrolite, scissors, Panadol, bandages and other similar items are what you should consider including in your first aid kit.
You don’t necessarily need a box to keep everything in it either.
A simple ZipLoc bag is a handy replacement for all the items you’ll need should you become injured or sick in the outdoors.
These are just some of the many items I would recommend that you bring with you on your next day or multi-day hike in the outdoors.
There are far too many occurrences of people becoming lost or injured and are unable to assist themselves because they came underprepared.
By including the above items, as well as many others, you can deal with any potential incidents should they arise.