This is important to have whether you’re out hiking new trails or camping out. Even hiking areas I have gone through before, a map has always come in handy.
2. A Small Towel
Great to clean up sweat, mud, dirt, and so on. Also handy if you want to rest and have nothing to sit on.
3. Extra Shoes
If I am wearing tennis shoes, I almost always toss a pair of old flip-flops in my bag. That way, if my shoes start to hurt or get wet, I have something to change into.
4. Extra Socks
This one is SO important, people. I cannot tell you how many times I have had wet shoes and socks, and if you have an extra pair of socks, it makes wet shoes way more bearable. Also, I like to bring ones that come up your ankle higher, just in case I find my shoes giving me blisters.
5. Pocket Knife
This sounds unnecessary, but boy is a pocket knife handy. Plus, you’ll probably feel a little safer knowing you have a little knife with you.
Nature can be messy. You never know when you’ll need to clean up a little (especially before eating).
7. Food and Water
A small water bottle and a granola bar are necessities when your short trips turn into lengthy ones.
8. First Aid Kit
I know what you’re thinking. Unless you’re planning a daredevil themed trip, you don’t need a first aid kit. And you’re probably right, chances are you won’t end up using it. But in my personal experience, having some sort of antiseptic (Bactine is always great), bandaids (different sizes), gauze (for the bigger cuts and scrapes) and some sort of wrap or tape (great for holding down gauze patches or taking care of a sprained ankle) and even Zyrtec (really anything that helps with allergies/allergic reactions) are musts. I would HIGHLY recommend carrying these things with you, whether it be in your car or in your bag.
9. Portable Charger
These are especially helpful if you’re stranded somewhere with a dead phone. Totally a bonus, but I had to toss it in here.
10. Waterproof Bag
Even if you’re not planning on getting soaked, having a bag or backpack that’s waterproof to carry your essentials in is a must.
**Another helpful tip would be to consider what all you need to have on your person and what you can leave in the car. For example, when kayaking all I bring is a water bottle and flip flops and leave my bag in the car. Whereas when hiking, I bring the entire backpack along with me. So just keep that in mind when you go adventuring for yourself!
Author: Melissa Johnson
Melissa is an adventurous college student that loves being outside. She also loves making art and doing crafty DIYs. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adrenaline junky or someone just looking to appreciate nature, this blog has everything an adventurer needs! Make sure to follow the blog and come back often!