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Are you spending a lot more time outdoors these days?  If you're planning a day trip to hike and take in some of Mother Nature's beauty, here are some must-have items for your backpack.

  • Water

  • Snacks

  • A hat & sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug repellent 

  • Umbrella & rain jacket

  • Appropriate & comfortable shoes (eg: hiking boots)

  • First aid kit including mask, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes

  • Cell phone w/ camera

  • Paper trail maps

  • Spare cash

  • Matches

  • A change of clothes 

  • Photo identification

  • Compass

  • Bear spray

  • Multi-tool

  • Whistle

  • Flashlight/batteries

  • NOAA weather radio

  • Necessary medications (EpiPen, inhaler, eye drops, etc)

  • Winter hat, gloves/mittens, scarf, hand warmers, warm socks and a blanket if in cold climate



  • Share your plans with a family member or friend

  • Check your local weather forecast

  • Familiarize yourself with the trail maps

  • Wear the right shoes/boots for the conditions

  • Watch for wildlife

  • Avoid hazards such as ice or uneven terrain

  • Don't litter. Leave only your own footprints

Do you have a TICK BITE? After removing your tick, don't dispose it.  You can get peace of mind by getting it tested for diseases like lyme and more!  Find out how in my blog.

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