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We see people on trails all the time carrying nothing but a small water bottle. Did you know there are actually ten essentials for survival that you are expected to carry in the backcountry? These essentials are supposed to apply even for short day hikes. Below, I’ve analyzed them as daypack essentials, with suggestions for what is necessary, what isn’t, and some small extras you can add to ward off many disasters on the trail.

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As you prepare for your first hiking trip, or really for any hiking trip, here are 19 essentials to keep you safe out on the trials!

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What to Wear Hiking

Being a hot sweaty mess on the trail is no bueno. In my new blog post, I share my favorite hiking get-ups that help you stay dry and comfy no matter the conditions.

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The different types of #backpacks and how to choose one for camping, hiking, or rock climbing.  http://www.outdoorblueprint.com/outfit/backpacks

Backpacks

The different types of #backpacks and how to choose one for camping, hiking, or rock climbing. http://www.outdoorblueprint.com/outfit/backpacks

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The Badass Day Hiker's Gear List

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Originally compiled in the 1930s by the Seattle-based The Mountaineers, this list of 10 hiking essentials continues to be relevant today, whether day hiking or heading out on an overnight backpacking trip.

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