A lot of people are gradually turning to hiking as a form of exercise and a great way for family bonding. But, a lot of people are still oblivious to the SSC rule ( Safety, Survival, Comfort).
Basically, there are some essentials that must be in a hiker’s possession when going on a trek that also obey the SSC rule.
- Navigation: This is probably the easiest to remember when packing a bag for a hike. To complete this criteria, a well detailed map will be required as well as a compass. Both of these essentials can be gotten on a phone but its better to have the old fashioned versions in case anything happens to your mobile device.
- Sun protection: Sun burns are a big deal as they can really put some damage on the skin especially when hiking in the day, so it’s better you go prepared with sunscreen, SPF-rated lip balm and Sunglasses.
- Hydration: Water is a compulsory fuel in life, but it can also turn out to be life saving and energising when going on a hike, so it’s best to pack water bottles with a water filter or any other preferred water treatment system.
- Nutrition: Nothing provides energy like food, so pack food for the day and also extra because anything can happen on a hike. It’s advisable to pack food like energy bars, granola bars, trail mix and the likes that would offer you a whole lot of nutritional benefit. Eat light.
- Clothing and Insulation: It is advised that when going on a hike loose fitted clothes should be worn and socks should be doubled when worn with hiking boots because it guard against snake bites and reduces chances of getting blisters. Wool is one of the best insulation around because it is the warmest of all natural materials and it is also fire resistant
- Illumination: This is pretty straight forward especially if you will be hiking in the night or under low-light conditions. Popular choice is the headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.
- First Aid supplies: A fall or a bruise is not an exception when hiking, packing a first-aid supply ensures that your injuries (if any) do not become severe or lead to infections.
- Fire: If you are camping after a hike, it is essential you pack your firestarting material and a lighter or matches in a waterproof container. Starting a fire ensures safety from animals in the night and also offers warmth.
- Repair tools and kit: It is possible that your tent or reflective blanket become damaged, so it is generally advised that you keep a repair kit around, it usually contains a knife and repair tool which often come in handy. The knife can also be used to cut wood for starting a wire in the absence of a fire starting material.
- Emergency shelter: The weather can take a turn even after checking your weather app for predictions. Emergency shelter like your tent, reflective blanket, or tarp suddenly become useful.