Equipment and Supplies

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

Communication Devices:

  • A cell phone
  • A whistle to summon help

Safety Supplies:

  • 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.)

Weather-Related Gear:

  • Sunscreen
  • 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.

Orientation Supplies:

  • A map
  • Compass or GPS
  • Flashlight

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)

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