Mirrors and whistles serve to attract attention and are very reliable. They do not run out of battery or lose signal. Mirrors can reflect light to passing planes or other people, and whistles work well to draw attention, too! Both are very lightweight and portable.
Multi-tool and a pocket knife
Leave your itinerary with a responsible person
Extra layer of warmth
Pack a map for better navigation
Basic first aid kit
Even those going off on a "day hike" should be prepared to spend the night outdoors, in the event of an unforeseen emergency. Carrying a few extra items in your pack can make this night outside more comfortable and lessen the risk of serious injury or death. These items can help you find your way back home, signal for help and let you take care of yourself and others, should the need arise. I hope you never have to use any of them, but at least you'll be prepared if you do have an unplanned emergency outdoors.
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Article By Phil Sylvester, World Nomads Contributor
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