Day Hike Essential Gear

Today I took another hike.  I didn’t go very far, about 3 miles, but I still took a small kit with me that contains essential gear for even a short hike (See picture below).

List of Items;
– “Camelback” Hydration System, holds 3 liters of water and other essential gear listed below.
– First Aid Kit (I attach it to the bottom of the camelback backpack with small snap links).
-Ace Bandage / sling bandage.
-“Steripen” water purifier.
-Water purification tablets.
-Folding Knife.
-Latex Gloves, 2 pairs.
-Head Lamp.
-Signal Mirror.
-Signal Whistle

Not Shown in picture but carried in my pockets or on my person;
-MRE toilet paper (always welcome, even on the shortest hikes especially after eating burritos).
-550 para-cord, 20 ft.
-Energy Bar or two.
-Cell phone.

All gear fits into the “Camelback” backpack or the First Aid Kit that attaches to the backpack.

Water is life and I believe that some way to purify water is essential.  The “Steripen” unit I have comes with a solar case that charges it and can also charge my cell phone when necessary.
Why a headlamp instead of a flashlight?  Because a headlamp allows you to keep your hands free to work with or break your fall.  Why a big First Aid Kit, I just like it!


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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.