Survival Gear for Hikers: The Top 10 Essentials

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The first story we posted today was about a hiker who got lost while hiking the Appalachian Trail.

That happens.

This lady was smart enough to carry several vital pieces of gear on her hike: water, food, warm clothes and something to make a fire.

She was hiking alone. She got lost. She didn't have a map. One report said nobody knew where she was going to hike. She spent a cold winter night in the Delaware Water Gap forest. She survived.

That doesn't always happen.

I love the quote on the website of

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

Daniel Boone

Hike long enough and you'll be "confused" and lose your way. What will you have in your pack to help you survive?

The White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish and Game Department founded "hikeSafe" to create a Mountain Safety Education Program for New Hampshire. They've done a fine job teaching hikers how to prepare before heading into the woods.

hikeSafe's 10 Essential Items of Hiking Gear:

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Warm Clothing: Fleece and/or Insulated Jacket, Hat (wool) Long Pants (wool or synthetic, NOT cotton)
  4. Extra Food and Water
  5. Flashlight or Headlamp
  6. Matches/Firestarters
  7. First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
  8. Whistle
  9. Rain/Wind Jacket & Pants
  10. Pocket Knife

Whether you are a seasoned guide or a novice with a dream to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, please take advantage of the wise information available at

It might save your life.

Click Here for the hikeSafe Hiker Responsibility Code

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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