For every walk, the following items are essential. Encourage participants to bring their own, but ensure group facilitators are always prepared. See “Helping Participants Prepare for a Walk” for tips about discussing how to prepare for a walk with participants, including dress, nutrition, hydration, and sun safety.
Food and Drinks:
- Water, especially important in the hot summer months!
- High-energy snacks, such as granola bars and trail mix
- A cell phone
- A whistle to summon help
- A small amount of money in case of emergency
- A first aid kit
- Waterproof matches
- Bear whistle or spray, if you are in bear country! (See “Safety in Bear Country” for more information.)
- Hiking poles and icers (strap-on ice cleats) in the winter!
If you are embarking on a longer, more remote hike, the following items may be helpful.
- A map
- Compass or GPS
Items to Keep You Warm, Dry, and Comfortable:
- An emergency blanket
- Rain gear
- Extra clothes and socks
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper
- Bug repellent
Other Items to Bring:
- Pocket knife
- Duct tape (you might wrap some around a water bottle)