5 Must-Have Items to Pack for Your Next Hike

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It’s doesn’t get much better than a peaceful hike in a lush, scenic forest. The sights, sounds and smells of nature abound. Maybe there’s some vegetation you’ve never seen before or the spotting of a cute critter. All this beauty and enjoyment can quickly take a turn for the worst if you take a wrong turn or if the weather heats up or cools down. Even if you are just planning to do a short day hike, there are a few things you don’t want to be caught without for safety and comfort's sake.
5 Must-Have Items to Pack for Your Next Hike
Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images
It’s doesn’t get much better than a peaceful hike in a lush, scenic forest. The sights, sounds and smells of nature abound. Maybe there’s some vegetation you’ve never seen before or the spotting of a cute critter. All this beauty and enjoyment can quickly take a turn for the worst if you take a wrong turn or if the weather heats up or cools down. Even if you are just planning to do a short day hike, there are a few things you don’t want to be caught without for safety and comfort's sake.
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