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6/4/12 6:57 P

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I hadn't thought of the hand warmers for the boots either. Great idea!

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6/4/12 10:52 A

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That's great advise about the hand warmers, I had no idea they could get warm enough and last long enough to dry the insides of wet boots. It's always good to know that even small items in our pack have more than 1 use!


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6/4/12 12:38 A

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Handwarmers [the chemical kind] can also do a great job of drying out boots [been there, done that, haha!] - better yet, take a pair of Tevas for walking in wet areas and carry your boots to keep them dry - learned that one the hard way!
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6/3/12 4:11 P

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If you are going on a an overnight hike and it is wet in that area you might want to carry some newspaper with you. Not the #1 thing of course, but I read in Runner's World that to dry out shoes stuff them with newspaper. Check again in a couple of hours and if still damp put in some more. Usually that will do it. Then hopefully shoes would be dry by morning. Maybe sooner than that but something if you camp you could do.

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6/3/12 9:34 A

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Water and a way to purify water is the obvious thing to need, so beyond that, I take a cue from Lieutenant Dan: Wool Socks. People underestimate the power of socks, but if you've ever gone ankle-deep in a puddle that you thought was "no big deal," you know how wonderful it is to be able to change into a nice, dry, clean pair! And nothing will give me blisters faster than 2+ hours in cotton socks, so the investment in $10 wool socks is absolutely worth it to me.

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6/3/12 12:31 A

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I guess it depends on where I'm hiking. I really want to say water, but here in the Northwest west of the Cascades, we are rarely far from ~some~ source of water if it came down to an emergency. On the other hand, if I were truly lost out in the forest and needed help, I would want my gps emergency transponder-I would activate it in an emergency and hunker down for rescue before I would worry about water.

On the other hand, if I am in the Southwest, sure, water would be first on my list. But of course, the transponder would be second!

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I'm going with water too....if it's a long hike (over an hour). This is assuming you are not counting things that aren't in your pack, like good boots or shoes....

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I always take my ten essentials when I hike/camp. But one thing I really like to have, and rarely go out without is caffeine. I always carried a Diet Pepsi in my pack for the end of the trail stop. Now that I've almost given up Diet Pepsi it could be a caffeine type mix in, like Crystal Light energy.

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Here in southern NM I usually am not bothered too much by bugs except during our rainy season which draws out the mosquitos. Water is absolutely necessary. I also HAVE to have to have my camera LOL although that's not going to help me in an emergency except possibly all the pictures I take may help me to backtrack. There are so many things that I absolutely need but one thing that is very important to me, because I hike alone a lot, is my RoadID. It's a bracelet that's used a lot by runners but can be used by anyone really. You can also get in in some other forms like one that laces in shoelaces, etc. You can have your name and emergency contact engraved on it, or you can have the option I have, where I have my name and their 800 number on it. I pay I think it's about $10 a year for this option but I can go online and put in my insurance information, medications, emergency contacts, any medical problems, etc and emergency personnel can call and access that information which may be lifesaving in an emergency. There is a pin number engraved on the inside they will also need to use. If it was lost, yes someone could access my information but the chance of that is very small. It's a rubber bracelet that stretches to go over my hand and not easily lost. The casual observer can't see the pin number if it's on my wrist.
And I have to have my gps, phone (some areas where I hike a lot have phone reception) as well as all the usual things we take.

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6/1/12 4:36 P

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I used to get eaten alive by mosquitoes, spiders, etc - I'm allergic to spider bites so they not only itch like crazy, they get all ulcerated and yucky - but since I started taking vitamin B comples and garlic supplements, they don't bother me. A lot of people tell me 'I tried it and it doesn't work' but when I question them further, it's easy to figure out why.

First, you have to take it for AT LEAST 6 weeks to 3 months before there's enough of it in your system - yes, B vitamins are water-soluble but there's a certain amount that stays in the system. It's no so much that you need excess Vitamin B but more the opposite - a deficiency will draw bug bites. As for the garlic, you can't 'eat' enough to get the effect but taking the supplements for at least 6 weeks will change the body chemistry just a little bit but it's enough to make you unappealing to bugs, including mosquitoes.

This seems to work fairly well for mosquitoes but is 'magic' against ticks. But, to be sure, I also use permethrin on my hiking clothes. Last year I depended on the spray but this year I'm going to try something else. It's a lot more effective and less expensive to buy a quart of the 10% to 36.8% solution, dilute it in water and soak the items for about an hour - hang them up to dry and they're good for 5-6 washings. I've been meaning to do it as many of my friends have done for years and for $24, I can treat everything DH and I wear for hiking.

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We don't experience too many bug bites here in SoCal, so I don't even have any in the house! In fact, even when I was in VA these last couple weeks, it didn't occur to me to put on bug spray when I was getting bit by mosquitos. Just not on my radar. lol However, I never EVER go hiking without water. Even if it's just a short 3-mile around the lake, I always have water on me. But to break away from the obvious, I also always carry my driver's license. I figure if something were to happen to me, I would want whoever found me to know who I was and how to get in touch with my family members. That might be kind of fatalist of me, but I think it's more good preparation. ;-)

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It's absolutely impossible to pin it down to just 'one' thing but if I had to take ONLY one thing for survival, it would be water for sure. Bug bites are annoying and uncomfortable but lack of water is deadly.



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Yeah, one time I hiked without bug spray at the height of mosquito season and it was not pretty. I've never moved so fast though!



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Story goes like this, we were out hiking somewhere Yosemite I think in the middle of nowhere and ran into a Park Ranger. We were a bit surprised because we hadn't seen anyone all day. While we were having the "howyadoingbeautifulouttodayinnit" conversation I swear he scooped out my boots.

DH didn't notice but he's a man and doesn't notice these things.

Later I was at a friend's house when her Park Ranger brother was visiting and I told him about it. He said absolutely the guy checked out my boots and for a good reason. If they run into someone way out on a little used trail like that and that person is wearing flip flops they figure it's a rescue waiting to happen.

If however this person has a decent pair of fairly worn boots with hiking socks and liners sassily shoved down just so they figure that person also has a map, compass, first aid kit, fire starter of some kind, pocket knife, rain gear, snacks, whistle, water, and most likely a filter. Even better, they probably know how to use all that stuff putting them in the "not problem" category so he goes about his day.

I feel so type cast. How did he know exactly what's in my pack. Of course he left out the sunscreen, bug spray, and hand wipes.

Which brings us to the question: What one thing in your pack do you absolutely HAVE to have?

I'm afraid that I'm going with bug spray. I think it should be water or flint but really it's bug spray.

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