The 11 Essentials For Hiking

Switchback Trail to Mt Angeles- don't forget the essentials for hiking

Bring your 11 essentials for hiking to have a fun and safe trip

The Olympic Peninsula has many amazing hikingĀ trails. To help dayhikers and backpackers be safe and prepared we’re sharing the 11 Essentials for Hiking. Versions of this list are shared by many hiking associations including the Washington Trails Association and outdoor retailers like REI.

Whether heading out for an afternoon or a few days, having these essential items will help you be prepared for unexpected situations.

1. Navigation (map and compass)

2. Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)

3. Extra Clothing

4. Head Lamp/Flash light

5. First Aid Supplies

6. Firestarter and Matches

7. Knife and Repair Kit

8. Extra Food

9. Extra Water

10. Emergency Shelter

11. Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans- For those mornings when it’s too wet and rainy to make coffee

Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, and many local state parks have numerous trails to explore. A few hiking and backcountry camping suggestions can be found here. Check with local offices for current trail conditions. We hope you have many memorable and safe trips exploring the Olympic Peninsula’s trails!

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