What You Need to Know Recommended Equipment List for Hiking Trips: Map of the area you plan to hike Compass Water (if using energy drinks such as Gatorade, bring an equal amount of water) High-energy food such as power bars, candy bars, or granola Waterproof matches Candle/fire starter Small flashlight with extra bulb/batteries Whistle Knife First aid kit Lightweight plastic tarp or emergency blanket Nylon cord Gloves, hat, gaiters, and extra clothing Bug repellant and/or headnet Sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm Optional Equipment: Camera and film / fresh batteries Binoculars Safety Tips Bring the equipment noted on the checklist (see above). Do not hike alone. Tell someone where you plan to go, when you expect to return, and stick to the plan. Undertake pre-season conditioning and training. Take a map and compass class to learn how to use them. Your life may depend on it. Warm up and stretch before the day's hike. Novice hikers should hike with experienced hikers to learn the skills necessary to have a safe and enjoyable outing. Stay tuned to local weather forecasts. Take them into consideration, along with your skill level, before hiking. Plan your trip according to the weakest hiker's ability. Seek professional advice when choosing equipment to suit your hike, skill level and size. Keep equipment in good working order. Wear suitable clothing to protect against variable weather conditions. Conditions at higher elevations may be dramatically different from where you begin your hike.. Eyewear that gives ultra-violet protection and a sunscreen with a high SPF should be worn, even on cloudy days. Keep an eye out for hazards such as loose rocks and gravel, branches, and slippery rocks at streams. Adequate rest, nutrition and energy replenishment will both enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injury. Alcohol can negatively affect your overall performance and can be a contributing factor to injuries.