What to Pack for a Short Hike

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There’s nothing quite like getting a mile or two into the wilderness, then realizing you left something crucial behind, like your water bottle, your cell phone, or your jacket.

Avoid a calamity by making a packing list. This is a great practice to follow before every hike, but it’s especially important on your first few trips, when you might not exactly be sure what you’ll need during the hike. There are a few things you should always take along, no matter how long or short, popular or deserted, the trail may be.

Emergency Supplies

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An emergency whistle is small, light, and effective any time you’re within earshot of others. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but if the unexpected does happen, you’ll be glad you brought the whistle along. Basic first aid supplies are appropriate, too, and will come in handy if you ever need to bandage a scrape or cut.

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