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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-27-2017, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Default Essential Backcountry Emergency Gear

The best choices for emergency gear will differ in each situation, but there is a list of must-have items each hiker, including those heading out on day trips, should have. The list of items include: first aid kit, emergency layers, emergency shelter and some extra food. I will discuss the first aid kit for hiking in a separate section, but I would like to say it being extremely important in any hiking kit. Extra layers and food are easy to have and they might save your life in case of unexpected. Extra two-three daysí worth of food is a standard in any multi-day hiking trip...
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I think the article fails to mention:

Waterproof matches/lighter/Flint
Sun/rain protection
Extra water (if hiking in a place where water sources are scarce) , or if you are in an area where water is abundant, something to filter it (water filter/lifestraw)
Bear spray/bear bangers (This is a controversial one but I always carry them)
Trip plan left with a friend (I always use

Other items that live in my pack that aren't 100% necessary but nice to have just in case:

Extra batteries (for GPS/headlamp etc)
Bug/mosquito spray
Small amount of duct dape
Small amount of cash (never know?)
Small amount of paracord
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