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What to Bring Along

Map and Compass: Topographic maps provide the most useful information for navigating terrain because they show the area in three dimensions. Purchase a good orienteering compass, and learn how to use it with a topographic map.

First-Aid Kit: Carry a well-stocked first-aid kit, and take a first-aid course so that you'll know how to respond in an emergency.

Survival Kit: In addition to the items listed above, you should carry:

  • Candy bars (or other high-energy food)
  • Emergency food and water (enough for one or two extra days)
  • Flashlight
  • Hand axe or saw
  • Signal flares
  • Tarpaulin
  • Waterproof matches

Other useful items:

  • Radio to listen for storm warnings
  • Mobile phone and a GPS unit