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How to Do Everything – The (Actual) 10 Essentials

Don't leave home without these practical, helpful items.
1. Headlamp Get LED bulbs; they last longer. Good bet: Black Diamond Spot ($40, 1.8 oz. with no batteries, blackdiamond-equipment.com)

2. First-aid kit Learn how to treat wilderness injuries at backpacker.com/firstaid. Good bet: AMK Ultralight/Watertight .9 ($36, 10.4 oz., adventuremedicalkits.com)

3. Sunblock Opt for zinc, avobenzone, titanium, or Mexoryl. Good bet: Blue Lizard Australian Sensitive ($12, 3 oz., crownlaboratories.com)

4. Trail food Carbs and electrolytes are key. Good bet: Clif Mojo Dipped ($1.39, 1.6 oz., clifbar.com)

5. Fire Bring a lighter and firestarter. Good bets: A Bic plus Vaseline-dipped cotton balls stored in a pill bottle

6. Knife We like a lightweight multitool. Good bet: Victorinox Voyager Lite ($119, 4 oz., swissarmy.com)

7. Water Bring a sturdy container and backup purification tablets. Good bets: Nalgene Everyday 32-Ounce ($10, 6.2 oz., nalgene-outdoor.com); Aquamira ($17, 2 oz., aquamira.com)

8. Insulation Think puffy. Good bet: GoLite Demaree Canyon 800-fill jacket ($200, 14 oz., golite.com)

9. Navigation Pack at least a map and compass. Good bet: Silva Ranger 515 Compass ($55, 2.4 oz., silvacompass.com)

10. Raingear Bring a waterproof/breathable shell, plus an emergency garbage bag. Good bet: Millet 350 ($350, 12 oz., milletusa.com)


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  1. susan-m

    Live to hike another day by staying found and knowing how to use a compass. Hiking smarter includes knowing how to navigate, especially when you’re hiking solo. Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart (Amazon) makes learning how to use a compass easy. Before you hike, be sure to calibrate your compass to the declination at the trail. Go to: http://magnetic-declination.com. A compass doesn’t need satellites, a signal, or batteries and works in all types of weather, day or night, but you need to know how to use it. Look for it on Amazon, “Felix the Sugar Glider Be Safe Hike Smart”. 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 what to do if you get lost, how to get rescued, and survival packing (for the car and for the trail) just in case you end up unexpectedly spending the night outdoors.

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