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Dayhiking Gear Checklist

Ready your gear quiver for a for a full day outing.

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An essential in every hiker's pack should be a compass! A compass doesn't need a signal or batteries and works in all types of weather but you need to know how to use it and this book "Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart." makes learning how to use a compass easy. Felix! explains how to orient yourself using a compass, a compass and a map, a map and no compass, no compass and no map. Look for it on Amazon, "Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart". Anyone wanting to know direction and especially for those who want teach these skills to children might enjoy learning from this book. To feel more confident about orienting ourselves outdoors, we read thru this book before every hike - it's only about 34 pages and illustrated. The ability to know your way and know where you are is something we all need in any survival situation not just while hiking. Learn to stay found by using a compass and paying attention to your surroundings. Felix! teaches the reader what to pack, trail ethics, what to do if you get lost or scared, how to get rescued, and survival packing (for the car and for the trail) just incase you end up unexpectedly spending the night outdoors.

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This video might help answer KY boy scout's question: http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=167087

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Could somebody please tell me how to get the most sparks out of a firestarting kit (just a flint rod and a knife)?

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Could somebody please tell me how to get the most sparks out of a firestarting kit (just a flint rod and a knife)?

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You really should add a knife to the list. A knife is an essential tool for survival.

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Only you know how you'll react in an emergency. Your brain is your best weapon, and these are just ideas to help you survive buy adding some helpful tools. Some need more help- others need less. Not sure?? pack for the worst case scenario and lighten up as you learn. just a thought....

David Diaz
Mar 15, 2012

Here's a great online interactive checklist and pack-weight calculator app:

http://www.weighmygear.com

Mark
Jan 12, 2012

I will also say that no matter what fabric you choose, a shirt that fully buttons is going to be cooler in summer than a pullover shirt, even a T-shirt. Also, a longsleeve, lightweight, light color button shirt is better than a shortsleeve shirt, as the long sleeves protect you from the sun and actually keep you cooler, and you can roll em up if you want.

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Jan 12, 2012

I agree that "never wear cotton" is too rigid a commandment. Never wear cotton socks, that's for sure, because they are a perfect recipe for blisters, but in the heat of the summer down South here a cotton shirt is just fine. Even the lightest wool and synthetic shirts aren't going to be as comfortable, and there is no risk of hypothermia in the flatland south in the summer.

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Oct 31, 2011

Anyone have any fvaorites for boots. I live in Kentucky and hike the knobs. Short hikes 4 to 13 miles. Keep in mind snakes.

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Steve
Mar 19, 2011

I like to use a lightweight fishing vest as my daypack. It has lots of pockets and room for my camel. As it warms up latter in the year I switch to my day pack as the vest gets to warm. The vest is great for winter hikes as it fits nicely under my heavier coat.

Jim Cheney
Mar 06, 2011

I carry an Altoids container in my shirt pocket with water proof matches, 4 very small doggie waste bags (to collect & carry water, Iodine tablets, 2 bandaids, 4 small saftey pins, and a whole container of dental floss (removed from the dispenser). This is in addition to the clothes, trail fooe and junk in my camelback. Just think... Fire, and water

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Nov 14, 2010

Ditto to Jerry's comment:

"...add category "IN YOUR POCKET: Spare light source, spare fire-starter, pocketknife, bandanna."

I learned in the military that you cannot assume your pack will stay with you during an emergency. There is a subset of survival aids that must remain on your body--at least when you're on the move.

Rick


Posted: Aug 31, 2010 ~jerry

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