What to Pack for a Hike

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Retired CFO and SVP Reid Hackney enjoys participating in outdoor activities. Reid Hackney’s preferred outdoor pastimes include bicycling and hiking.

The art of packing for a hike requires a delicate balance between weight and necessity. Carrying too much weight leads to fatigue, but taking too few items leads to unpreparedness.

Here are some of the most essential items to pack for a hike:

– A map, a compass, and a GPS unit are essential. While you may be tempted to take a GPS unit alone, you could easily lose it, or it could lose its charge.

Extra food and water should always be a consideration. Hunger and thirst can kill. Always take a little more food and water than seem necessary.

Safety items, such as matches, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit should be mainstays in any hiking pack. Sports outfitters carry prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers. A knife can also play an important role in safety and may be useful for cutting bandages and fishing out splinters.

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