The 10 Essentials – Never Hike Without These! (Plus Hiking Tips)

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  1. TEACUP on September 16, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    That could save my life!

  2. Bruce Forster on September 16, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I’m an emergency preparedness/survival instructor. I have a few MINOR differences of opinion with you, but no real criticisms. In fact I APPLAUD you for making this video! I’m prior Air Force, and today I serve as the Safety / Disaster Response Officer for my Church.
    ONE item I WILL respectfully disagree with you on is the Life Straw. They have some serious flaws-Do a Google search and you’ll see where my concerns stem from. Personally, I use a Sawyer Mini for my Water needs. You can use it AS a Life Straw if needed. And the Sawyer Mini is rated for 100,000 Gallons (Though I don’t know HOW they can make that claim as I haven’t seen ANY documentation showing a Sawyer that has actually DONE it.), and you can buy extra pouches that attach to it. I also keep a Katadyn ‘Be Free’ filter in my kit as well.
    Regarding your lighting:
    GOOD IDEA reversing the one battery to prevent accidental draining. Home Depot sells the Coast Brand of Flashlights; I have two of their Head Lights, and I’m VERY happy with them. For batteries, I carry the Duracell’s. My second choice is the Energizer Batteries. I will not use ANYTHING else, as they just DON’T last! I carry TWO sets of spare batteries.
    My Pack:
    The Maxpedition Gyrfalcon. I LOVE this pack but am finding it just a TINY bit too small for my personal needs. I’m exploring ideas right now to improve the efficiency of what I pack and how its packed. If I can’t get the present system to how I want it, I’ll give the Gyrfalcon to my wife, and buy an Eberlestock, possibly a G-3 Operator.
    If you have not done so already, I HIGHLY encourage you and your family members/and friends to get their Technician Class Ham Radio Licenses. This will give you access to VHF/UHF Repeaters that you can use not only for everyday conversations, but MANY have Phone lines running from them-you can use to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF REPEATERS HAMS CAN ACCESS IN AREAS WHERE THERE IS NO CELL PHONE COVERAGE, SO YOU SHOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THIS!

  3. Psyched Hiker on September 16, 2019 at 6:29 pm

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  4. Topnotch Reviewer on September 16, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    UV Protection: Here’s one area that this video totally missed the point. A smart hiker, especially if hiking in the deserts, the sun, or in a mosquito infested area will always wear long sleeve shirts and full length pants. Leaving that bare skin exposed to sunburn, cuts, or insect bites bites is akin to stupidity. Some points to consider:

    1) Most sunscreens are toxic! Would you eat the stuff? If not, why coat your largest organ, your skin, with it? Wearing short sleeves and shorts only to slather on toxic sunscreen is beyond being stupid, it’s asinine.
    2) I met some hikers from CA a couple a years hiking on a little used trail in the Gila Wilderness in NM. Their legs had multiple cuts, with some still oozing. They told me that the trail ahead was brushed over, and they were bailing out. Which would you rather scratch up, your skin or the nylon on your long pants?
    3) I recently hiked down the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon NP down to the Colorado River for a day hike. Many people were returning from their day hike down to Cedar Ridge as I was descending. Many of them, particularly young women, were in sleeveless tops and short, shorts. Most of them were sunburned to varying degrees. Apparently they did not realize that they were hiking in the desert.
    4) Two days ago I was returning from a day hike and saw four women heading up the trail, all in short sleeves. Two of them were already substantially sunburned on their bare arms. Worse, they were heading into an area where the mosquito hatch was in full force. Mosquitoes can bite through clothing, but bare skin is even easier!

    The presenter, if he was really trail smart, would have been properly attired for his video. Otherwise, he made good points. Being properly attired also applies to everyone else pictured. These people come across as amateurs. Thumbs down!

  5. Gary Carter on September 16, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    I’d add bug repellant. Those little uninvited "folk" can ruin your hike. Great video.

  6. Summit and Beyond on September 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    great video. hear you on the dry socks.

  7. Outdoor Kitchen on September 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I got to have my seasonings. 😁⛺️🍲🍗

  8. Cari on September 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    what if i want to go hiking by myself?

  9. Sarah Joy on September 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    For hiking I literally only bring hydration and snacks haha I probably should get a first aide kit though

  10. Treks and Preps with Mike P on September 16, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Great video. Very funny for the second explination. So I always go into the woods with essential gear as well. I do not however cover water and food…. as these are a necessity in the woods. I think you should have a sleep system and cook set in part of your essentials.

  11. John Ellis on September 16, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Great video. One thing though…the mylar blanket does not produce heat therefore it is not "a great source of heat". I always carry one myself and it’s a great recommendation. Keep up with the great videos and love the enthusiasm.

  12. Nick Greene on September 16, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    “You might need a leatherman to repair your therm-a-rest”


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  14. LEXPIX on September 16, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Good stuff. If only a small percentage of hikers took these, we would have less incidences in the wilderness.

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  16. Bill Smith on September 16, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    A spare (backup) pair of shoes. I was on the Everest Base Camp trek when my expensive hiking boots lost a sole in Namche Bazaar. I am really glad it happened in the town rather than 5kms short of this, because I had no back up (I had adhesive, but this took 24hrs to fully set). Now I always pack a pair of lightweight trainers.

  17. Officially Keekee on September 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Thank for the Great tips. Will be hiking soon so this tips will come in handy and +++ will be vloging about my hiking to one of the World most Beautiful waterfall in Mumbai. Follow👉👉 Officially keekee

  18. Outdoorsman Dave on September 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    I love the accurate sarcasm of the young lady.

  19. Frank Sommer on September 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    My favorit spot is hiking holidays in the alps. Have you been there?

  20. Hiking Viking on September 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Finally YouTube recommendations are making sense! 🙂

  21. Mr. Tangent on September 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Not a bad day hike kit, but woefully unprepared in my opinion.

    Throw the nalgene away and get a titanium or stainless steel bottle/canteen so you can boil water in case filters break or freeze.

    Throw the multitool away and get a proper full tang knife of at least 1/8” thick, preferably a high end stainless or high carbon blade. Multitools are for fixing mechanical things. Not many mechanical things in nature. Also, get a small hatchet and/or Silky or Bahco folding saw.

    Throw the space blanket away. It’s better than nothing, but that’s not saying much. Better would be an emergency bivy from SOL, or similar.

    Redundancies in fire-starting are critical. I like that you recommended a tea candle, but I’d add a Doan Magnesium bar and/or ferrocerium firesteel, too (or military one-handed Spark-Lite Kit, in case one hand is damaged). And a bic lighter. And several types of tinder (petroleum jelly+cotton balls/Tinder Quik, etc.).

    Bandana. Can be used for pre-filtering dirty water. For perspiration. Or as a tourniquet.

    Most importantly, take a survival course and outdoor medicine course. And train.

  22. Diane Outside Las Vegas on September 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I am a little late to the party, but this is a great video. I am doing some research for my Pacific Crest Trail Hike and this video was useful! Thank You

  23. Asheanae on September 16, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Was listening and not really watching and was wondering why James Van der Beek was doing hiking instructionals

  24. Roger Warr on September 16, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    She is awesome lol

  25. Skyler 101 on September 16, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    I’m in Alaska

  26. Sonam Namgail on September 16, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Toilet paper

  27. Chris Carson on September 16, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    LOL. Spooked a Mama Bear yesterday up my mountain. I’m on Vancouver Island and black bears are everywhere. I had none of your essential equipment with me. Just my stick, good boots and a good hat. You left them out. 😉

    So proper procedure for tripping over bears, well black bears anyway. Apologize, compliment her on her cubs, and leave the area noisily. The last part is important. She will not leave her cubs unless she thinks you are a real danger. Leaving makes her feel good. 😉

  28. Michael Anderson on September 16, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Extra dry socks is a great idea. Thanks!

  29. Nina SeventySeven on September 16, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Very useful video! I am going to make a pack with all of these things. I would add phone. I got lost in the forest near my house today after three deer jumped across my path in short succession. I had to call someone (in this case my father) to help me navigate my way out of the woods. Maybe more advanced hikers wouldn’t need this but we all start somewhere and as I learned today I was very ill prepared! Thank you!

  30. Rodney Burnap on September 16, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Enough, now get yourself a backpack, maybe Kelty Trekker External Frame Backpack and do a Thru Backpacking trip…your not backpacking your majoring in hiking going along the trail as fast as you can, neglecting that part of backpacking called camping, also carry a real backpack…not running up the trail so you can finish your hike in the shortest amount of time as possible…if you think I am wrong what would Colin Fletcher have to say about all of this nonsense calling itself backpacking? Many of you don’t even know who Colin Fletcher is?

  31. Kandi Warren on September 16, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Love this video, good info and funny
    “Do you want to clean the wound, or leave it like it is so you look badass?”

  32. Ktbarts101 on September 16, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Any small tubers wanna sub?????

  33. Richard Garland on September 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Nice video!! Like the humor 👍

  34. Ebuking Tour on September 16, 2019 at 7:02 pm
  35. Adam Gant on September 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    A lot of important things here. Making sure you have necessary supplies is essential for guaranteeing your safety.

  36. dynasty4851 on September 16, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    I like her, she keeps it simple.

  37. Ebuking Tour on September 16, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  38. The Moroccan Bikepacker on September 16, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    okay that girl is funny 😀

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  40. Branth Eyi on September 16, 2019 at 7:12 pm

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  41. Rone Zone on September 16, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Yes! And don’t forget to check out my newest hike!!🤘🏼

  42. Jeff Welcher Media on September 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Fun. Entertaining without trying too hard, while being very informative. A welcome surprise here on YouTube. Subbed and thumbed. Please considering subbing back thank you and keep up the great content!

  43. Luis P on September 16, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    I always wondered why Canadians are mostly upbeat and just happy people… also they have this natural sense of humor that I love… I think it’s because they spend more time outdoors than indoors… that’s gotta be it!

  44. Otis Hikes! on September 16, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Great info that you are sharing.
    Check out what gear I use and get rid of as I am currently hiking the PCT Pacific Crest Trail

  45. White1148 on September 16, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Hatchet, used for soooooooo many things especially if you get lost and have to spend the night when you were not planning to.

  46. Paddle & Hike on September 16, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Love your editing 🙂

  47. Private Uploads on September 16, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    A very nice video and good recommendations. I would like to add a couple thoughts: 1) bring a healthy dose of "caution" when in the wilderness: falling, getting scraped up on granite, punctured by tree limbs, or twisting an ankle, when even just a few miles from the car can
    cause a lot of trauma. 2) if you get lost or think you are lost, don’t run! a fast walk is o.k. but you are more likely to trip and fall and injure yourself while running. 3) a whistle is a good way to signal for help or to let others know which direction you are in 4) if you are going to be where you might run into poisonous snakes, a homeopathic anti-venom kit can possibly save your life, or that of your pet (google "Venomous Snake/Insect Bite Recovery Kit" and search the page on 5) don’t go off on your own- take a buddy. Ironically none of these things weigh anything, except maybe the whistle ;0)

  48. Timothy Cook on September 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    My head lamp did the same thing thanks for the tip

  49. Guitar Hiker444 on September 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Her secton was hilarious!! I totally agree with the socks too!! I cant bring too many pairs of socks! Nice rundown man! Stay safe! Hike on!

  50. Trevor Melnyk on September 16, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    all good ideas, but your forgetting about a simple roll of compression bandages for sprains and twists, unfortunately most people forget about such common injuries while preparing a first aid kit. you might also want to add a light tarp for emergencies like having to stay out over night or if a sudden rain starts that way you can stay dry for extended periods of time

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