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Map and Compass: Most states have good trail maps. 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:

  • Emergency blanket in cold weather
  • Emergency food and water (enough for one or two extra days)
  • Flashlight
  • Hand axe or saw
  • High-energy snacks such as candy bars
  • Knife
  • Nylon rope
  • Plastic whistle
  • Pocket mirror
  • Signal flares
  • Snowshoes in the winter
  • Tarpaulin
  • Water purification tablets
  • Waterproof matches

Other Useful Items

  • GPS receiver
  • Mobile phone
  • Radio to listen for weather reports
Emergency Kit
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