When out on the trail, the hiking gear you have along is all you have to rely on. Until you get back to the comfort and safety of your home. It is up to you to determine the essential equipment you bring along to make your hike comfortable and safe. Failing to bring along the right stuff may mean a miserable experience or worse.

Anywhere on the trail, you can have a fun debate about what are the 10 most critical items to take on a hike. You may find that you absolutely must have a fingernail clipper, but other than that, this checklist should be a good starting point for the gear that is essential for safety and success.

This section covers the essentials for safe and comfortable hiking. There are no hard and fast rules and every hiker will have different want’s needs and likes. What I have summarised here is what I find useful when on the trail.

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