Health Tip: Pack Safety Essentials for a Long Hike

(HealthDay News) -- If you're heading out on a trail or hike, make sure you're equipped with a few safety tools.

The Washington Trails Association suggests taking these essentials:

  • A detailed map of the area and a compass.
  • Extra supplies of food and water, and a way to purify water.
  • Extra clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and rain gear.
  • Matches and a firestarter.
  • A flashlight and extra batteries.
  • A well-stocked first-aid kit.
  • A multi-purpose knife.