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The 10 Essentials

This is my take on the 10-Essentials for any hike/camp/backpacking/outdoor adventure.

Non-“Grab Bag”

Navigation.
  • Map(s)
  • Waterproof container
  • Altimeter (optional)
  • GPS receiver (optional)
Sun protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Clothing for sun protection.
Insulation.
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Jacket
  • Extra clothing (for coldest possible weather during current season)
Illumination.
  • Headlamp/flashlight (LED bulb is preferred to extend battery life)
  • Extra batteries
First-aid supplies
  • Insect repellent.
Repair kit and tools.
  • Multi-tool
  • Trowel/shovel
Nutrition.
  • Add extra food for one additional day (for emergency). Dry food is preferred to save weight and usually needs water.
Hydration.
  • Extra 2 liters of water (for one additional day supply in case of emergency).

Grab Bag

Navigation.
  • Magnetic compass
Sun protection
  • Sunscreen (for lips and skin)
Illumination.
  • Flashlight (LED bulb is preferred to extend battery life)
First-aid supplies
  • Insect repellent.
Fire.
  • Matches (in waterproof container) / Butane lighter / Flint & Steel / 9V Battery & Steel Wool / other fire starter
  • Tinder / Cotton Ball / Lint / Hand Sanitizer / Other Accelerant
Repair kit and tools.
  • Knife
  • Duct tape
  • Cable ties.
  • Emergency shelter.
  • Space blanket / plastic tube tent
  • Poncho
  • Paracord

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