An introduction for new hikers and would be explorers. 💚
  1. A nice, lightweight bag. I really like this one from Homdox.
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  2. Your bag should also have a strap that connects at your collar bone and your rib cage. Your shoulders will thank you for snapping those securely!
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    Like this.
  3. Snacks high in protein and natural sugar. I like larabars and apple chips best, personally.
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  4. A small pocket knife with a good blade. Even if you aren't planning on wearing your knife, it's nice to have the option. I sometimes clip Mine on my collarbone strap so that I can access it quicker if need be.
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  5. A good caribiner and some paracord.
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    The kind for climbing, not key chains.
  6. A small first aid kit.
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  7. Emergency blankets.
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    You never know when an unexpected storm will roll in or someone falls and you'll need these guys. Probably unnecessary, definitely worth just having.
  8. Sunscreen.
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    Duh.
  9. Bugspray.
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    Double duh.
  10. A small bag to collect any extra trash you find on the trail.
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  11. Cell phone charger.
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  12. Water bladder.
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    If the bag you hike with is designed for hiking, it will have a designated sleeve for a bladder. 100 oz is a great size to have.
  13. If you have long hair, extra elastics.
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    Just one or two will do.
  14. A sense of adventure.
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    You're going to make some incredible memories.