Gear: The Ten Essentials
By The White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish and Game

When on the trail, a variety of tools and accessories can help to keep you safe, warm and comfortable. However, there are ten items which are an absolute must on each and every hike you take - whether it is an afternoon jaunt or a three-day tour. They are the Ten Essentials:

  • Map
  • Compass
  • Warm Clothing
    • Sweater or Pile Jacket
    • Long Pants (wool or synthetic)
    • Hat (wool)
  • Extra Food and Water
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Matches/Firestarters
  • First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
  • Whistle
  • Rain/Wind Jacket & Pants
  • Pocket Knife

Sun rays from Cannon Mountain (photo by Mark Malnati)


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