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Have extra food in case plans change or you're delayed by something like an injury, illness, or poor weather.
Carry enough water to stay hydrated throughout your trip, and make sure to pack a way to filter or treat any natural water sources you're planning on using.
In case the weather gets bad and you're stuck in it, bring an emergency shelter. A single use bivy or space blanket can make the difference.
When your phone battery is low, you don't want to decide between calling for help or finding your location. Have a reliable backup method, like map and compass, and know how to use it.
Protect your eyes with sunglasses, and your skin with sunscreen or sun-protective clothing. Reapply sunscreen as necessary.
If you're running late or the weather turns for the worse, don't be caught out. Pack as if you're spending the night in your emergency shelter—it's a possibility!
Fire can keep you warm and signal your location. Whatever firestarting method you bring, practice with it beforehand.
It might be tempting to rely on your phone flashlight for illumination. But do you want to risk losing both your communication and your light source if you drain your battery?
Keep at least a basic repair kit including a knife, tape, cord, and any specific extra parts your gear might need.
Be prepared to handle cuts and scrapes, stings or bites, burns, blisters, or stomach problems. Don't rely on a premade kit—bring what you need and know how to use it.
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