Going hiking? Make sure to take these things with youPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Arizona is a hiker's haven. There's a trail for everyone and it's always a beautiful day for a hike -- somewhere in the state.
Before you hit the trail, though, you need to make sure you're properly prepared.
Robert Stieve, editor-in-chief of Arizona Highways, suggests you carry several items in your backpack.
- Pen and paper
- Waterproof matches
- First-aid kit
- Pocketknife or multitool
- Extra clothing
- Compass (a GPS device does not replace a compass)
- GPS device
- Fire starter or tinder kit
- Pocket flashlight (with spare batteries)
- Extra food
- Space blanket (lightweight emergency shelter)
- Insect repellent
And then there are the 10 commandments of hiking.
- Never hike alone.
- Tell someone where you're hiking, the route you'll be taking and when you'll be home.
- Carry identification (driver's license, etc.) and the name and telephone number of whom to call in case of emergency
- Before you leave home, check the forecast and pay attention to the weather while you're on the trail.
- Study the maps before you go, and always carry a compass, not just a GPS.
- On the trail, know where you're going and where you are in relation to the map you're carrying.
- Take plenty of food, and carry more water than you think you'll need.
- There's no such thing as too much sunscreen.
- Don't overestimate your abilities.
- Adhere to the "Leave No Trace" principles.
Arizona Highways magazine's fifth-annual hiking issue spotlights 10 amazing trails. It's on newsstands now.