Whether you're looking for an afternoon outdoors or a longer adventure, packing this gear and following these steps from Coleman can help you be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. Day Hike/Climb Basics list of things to carry if you did not intend on spending the night out...but could.
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Trail First Aid Kit
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Wind & Waterproof Matches
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Industrial™ 2D Tool - Lite™
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50' Diamond Braided Nylon Rope
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Disposable Emergency Poncho
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Graphite Sea - Tac Rolling Backpack
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Camper's Toilet Paper
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Rest Easy™ Pad
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Kick® Multi - Tool with Nylon Sheath
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All Purpose Tarp
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- Pack: Choosing the right size pack is essential. Although you may save a tiny bit of weight, cramming too much stuff into a small pack will be a burden since the pack will not distribute the weight correctly and may be uncomfortable.
- Water: Two liters of water is standard for a long day. Add some powdered electrolyte mixes (i.e. Gatorade) at half strength. If clean water is going to be an issue, bring some iodine pills to treat it.
- Food: Do not underestimate how much fuel your body will need for the day. Although there are many "high tech" food options, your body responds better to everyday foods like PB&J or cold pizza. Take a Snickers over a PowerBar because it is cheaper and much more palatable than other mouth drying bars.
- Headlamp: With all of the micro-headlamps available, toss one in the lid of your pack. We've all been wandering back to the car in the dark with no good excuse!
- First aid kit: whether it is a roll of duct tape and some Tylenol or a surgical pack, hopefully you will never be glad that you had it.
- Proper clothing: Think warm, dry layers. Anticipate the worst weather conditions and pack for it. A good waterproof breathable shell is worth its weight in gold in any environment. A good hat will also keep you warm while making you look cool and protect your head from sunburn.
- Navigation equipment: Take a map and compass or a GPS because it is easy to get turned around in whiteout conditions or on unfamiliar terrain. Just remember, the earth's magnetic field won't run out of batteries on you!
- Shelter: We learned in elementary school that every animal needs shelter to survive. An emergency blanket, tarp, or other makeshift shelter can be a lifesaver. Sunscreen and lip balm are also in this category since they provide shelter from harmful UV rays.
- Fire: Throw in some waterproof matches just in case.
- Knife: Carry a multi-tool on every adventure. You never know what you might need it for!