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First Night Out: The Ten Essentials

Outdoor experts have refined the list of key safety and survival tools into these 10 categories. Don't leave home without them.

Stay on track with a topographical map and compass. A GPS is a great additional tool, but always pack extra batteries, and carry the map and compass as backup.

Extra food
Stash a few spare trail bars or other shelf-stable snacks in your pack in case you’re stuck out longer than you planned.

Sun protection
Get shades with UVA/UVB protection, a hat, and broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30.

Carry waterproof matches and/or an extra lighter, plus emergency tinder (dryer lint or petroleum jelly-dipped cotton balls work well).

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