1. Strap Suunto’s Arrow 5 onto your thumb and you’ll have your compass at the ready for constant consults—a huge plus when navigating obstacle-ridden forest. $45; .9 oz.; suunto.com
2. With a big, easy-to-read face, the Timex Expedition WS4 altimeter watch gives you precise altitude readings at a glance. It also features our favorite barometric pressure graph, so you can predict incoming weather. $200; 3 oz.; timex.com
3. No need to spend beaucoup for maps. Download free topos in PDF format from usgs.gov and print them out at home.
Photos by Courtesy, Map by Julia Vandenoever,and Illustrations by Supercorn