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Essentials To Carry When Hiking, Camping Or Backpacking During our free time there are many recreational activities that we can get involved in, but one that outstands is hiking as it gives us an opportunity to get closer to nature than we are used to during our busy days. Whether you are hiking individually, or you are accompanied by friends or family members you have a chance to view the world in a different view away from the normal life. To create good memories from a hike there is need to plan for the hike in advance and ensure all the essentials needed are put in place but lack of concrete plans for the hike will only create nightmares in the place of memories. There are some essential considerations that one should make to ensure that trip will be safe and also successful. To limit the extent of damage from the exposure to direct sunlight which occurs when hiking it is advisable that one should carry a waterproof sunscreen. Direct sun rays coming into contact with human skin are known to cause cancer thus the need to protect one from the rays. Eyes are also prone to damage when subjected to the excessive light which causes spot-blindness. To protect the eyes from damage caused by the sun one needs to carry a pair of sunglasses or if possible two pairs. When planning for a hike there is need to establish security measures especially when going as a group. There are chances of one getting lost or being in trouble, and thus each will need to carry a whistle for use in raising an alarm. A plastic whistle is ideal when one is planning for a hike during the cold seasons as it does not stick on the lips while raising the alarm. To ensure that the group keeps on the right trail throughout the hiking period they will need a compass and a map.
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One important commodity in human life is water, and during the hiking period the group should ensure they have a source of water. When planning for a hike every individual should carry their water in containers but it is advisable to have a common source of water for the whole group. Since it may prove impossible to carry the large amount of water throughout the hiking period, carrying an outdoor water filtration device can help provide clean drinking water.
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Hikers also need to have a source of heat such as waterproof matches and fire starters. A source of fire is not only useful when hiking during the night or the day. There are chances of one getting injured when on a hike and thus a first aid kit is essential.