The 10 Essentials - Never Hike Without These! (Plus Hiking Tips)

all right what do we got here


there are 10 items in front of me that

you should always carry with you on the

trip these are the 10 essentials the

first essential is navigation and that

includes your map and a compass these

are the maps that I have and I've tried

to pick one up for every location that I

go to use along with maps I also like to

keep bits and pieces of books that talk

about the trail and different turns and

features that may be good to know for

your trip it's important not just to

have a map and compass but also know how

to use it if you go somewhere round this


before you go out make sure you've taken

a course or watched some videos

tutorials on how to use your map and

compass number two is UV protection okay

what you put you got there

sunscreen ginger is your ginger this

includes sunscreen sunglasses and a hat

and this is for all types of weather so

before you leave for the trail it's

great to have one of these sitting in

your car but once you're on the trail

you're gonna get sweaty my go on a creek

or a river or something like that a

sunscreen might come off it's great to

have a little guy like this in your pack

number three is insulation so this is

gonna mean something that is gonna keep

you warm so this is hopefully gonna be

an insulated jacket if you have one

although you do have to think because

this isn't great for water so if you are

in wet conditions or the potential of

precipitation you want to think of ways

to protect your insulation as well

number four is illumination it's okay

everything okay so I always always

always bring my headlamp with me and if

I'm spending the night I'll usually

bring some sort of camp light to light

up the area that I'm sleeping in I tip

with your headlamp when you're packing

it but notice that it does it's not

turning on it's not working it's broken

I found that my battery kept dying every

time I would get somewhere and I needed

it it was not bright enough and that's

because it was on the entire time in my

bag while I was hiking so to avoid that

happening now I just take one battery

and I flip it over in my bag and that

way it doesn't turn on while I'm hiking

number five is your first-aid kit you

want to clean the wound or do you want

to keep it how it is so you're kind of

like badass with your first-aid kit you

want to make sure that everything inside

of it you know how to use because

otherwise you're just carrying extra

weight that isn't useful to you so in my

first-aid kit I like to keep some items

that might be a little bit heavier or

unnecessary for some people like for

example this bottle of ibuprofen

something like this is more efficient I

also like to keep moleskin for blisters

tweezers for splinters safety pins are

useful if you need to wrap something up

and hold it together as well as this

book which is actually a field guide

manual to pretty much any medical

emergency that could happen and lastly I

keep my gauze bandages and wipes all in

this water sealed bag number six is

gonna be your hydration your water so

before you leave for the trail you

hopefully know where most of the water

sources are and where you can safely

refill your water bottle and if there

isn't a water source make sure to pack

enough water for your trip and if there

is a water source it can bring water

purification tablets these are the ones

that I like to use or a life straw which

is not as efficient you can't have as

much water on you but I have had to use

this at a time when I was extremely

thirsty and I didn't want to wait the 30

minutes that it

kake's for these two active number seven

is nutrition the basic rule of nutrition

is that when you're going out you want

to pack extra food to last you one day

longer than your original plan so a

hiking classic is cliff bars and they're

great trail snack a breakfast bar

generally you don't want to steer too

far away from your regular diet you're

out in the wild you don't want to feel

sick number eight is gonna be your fire

starting kit some people think that

matches are all you need in your fire

starting kit but the truth is they don't

stay lit long enough for you to light

anything else so in that case we need to

bring paper or something that is going

to stay with the flame so we can drive

things off and create the warmth that we

need number nine is gonna be a repair

kit so this might include a Leatherman

if you're carrying a firm arrest or

something like that it might be

important to have something that's going

to repair your sleeping mat for the

night or it could be something as simple

as duct tape duct tape is also good if

your pack has a hole in it or if

something has a leak something you need

to seal it's very useful and finally

number ten is gonna be your emergency

blanket emergency blankets can be used

for so many things it is a great source

of heat can be used as shelter above you

it can be used to keep an injured person

warm or to line the floor of your tent I

encourage you to be creative with this

important tool this is way too much

lying to everybody to ten essentials

Benton's got them all lined out here but

I'm gonna tell you what they're actually

for so you're gonna need a map so that

the person that actually knows how to

read a map with you can help you out if

you get lost this one I don't even need

to talk about insulation for when it

starts to rain and you need to cover

your camera illumination for Shadow

Puppets in your tent a medical kit so

that when you get hurt your friends can

help you out extra water so when your

friends forget water you can give them

water next you need a Clif Bar

registered trademark so people know that

you are in fact a hiker and not just a

walker why is this so accurate a candle

for your seance a Leatherman so you can

say I have a Leatherman and don't just

use it only for the knife and some tin

foil for the BBQ later if you had to

pick one extra essential what would it

be for you

an extra pair of dry socks because when

your feet get wet and you're walking a

long distance there's no amount of

supplies in your first-aid kit that can

make that feel better

sometimes when I'm hiking and I've got

my bag and I've got a therm arrest or

something on the back and it's not just

sleep on just to sit on but people

automatically think that you're spending

the night and then I think to myself if

I really had to everything in my pack it

looks so big because I could spend the

night and then I look at their pack and

it's not good so this was just an

overview of the ten essentials so let us

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