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Friday, May 6, 2011

Day Hikers Checklist For Hiking In the Great Smoky Mountains. Be Prepared!

May 6, 2011
From: www/HikingTheSomkys.com


I found a great site for anyone who wants to hike in the Smoky Mountains.  (Link found at bottom of article and in links in left column)  Take a moment and review this suggested list, because of the dramatic weather changes that occur in the Smokys, for just a day hike.


When traveling in the Smokys, it's always a good idea to carry gear and clothing for a variety of weather conditions. The following day hikers checklist (and first aid kit) is a good starting point before heading out on your next hike to ensure you have all the essentials. You may want to add or remove items accordingly based on the conditions you'll be hiking in.






                      Required Gear


*   Supportive footwear designed for the length and terrain of your hike
*   Extra socks
*   Base Layer (polypropylene) 
*   Mid / Heavy weight fleece or pile jacket
*   Rain / wind shells (jacket and pants)
*   Wool or fleece hat
*   Balaclava
*   Extra clothing / layers (polypropylene)
*   Gloves
*   Water: full canteen(s), water bottle(s) or hydration pack
*   Extra food: high energy snacks
*   Map and/or guide book 
*   Compass (with the knowledge how to use it)
*   Emergency Space Blanket (smaller than a wallet)
*   Waterproof matches / fire starters
*   Pocket knife
*   Flashlight or headlamp with new batteries
*   Whistle (in case you got lost)
*   Watch
*   First aid kit (see below)
*   Personal medications
*   Moleskin (for blisters)
*   Insect repellent
*   Sun protection (sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm)
*   Baseball style hat / Wide-brimmed hat (to protect from sun)
*   A handful of zip seal plastic bags
*   Napkins
*   Toilet paper (in a plastic bag)
*   Money / ID
*   Many of these items can be found at Backcountry.com   
   
  
 Suggested / Optional Gear

*   Hiking/trekking stick/poles
*   GPS (with extra batteries) 
*   Knee Support
*   Bandana
*   Notebook with pencil
*   Camera (film) / video (fully charged battery)
*   Binoculars 
*   Cell phone (though likely you won't have coverage in the Smokies)
*   Feminine products
*   Water Filter / Iodine Water Treatment Tablets
*   Gaiters

                       First Aid Kit

Some examples of items for your First Aid kit are listed below. Customize your kit according to your personal needs. Be sure you're familiar with everything in your kit and remember to keep items up-to-date and replenished. It's also important to keep your first aid kit in a waterproof container. Finally, we strongly recommend that you take a First Aid class and a CPR class, and make sure that you keep current on these skills. (Amazon.com sells several different kinds of first aid kits, including kits specifically designed for hikers such as the one in the left hand column.) 

*   Personal medications
*   Roll bandages
*   Triangular bandages
*   Ace bandages
*   Butterfly bandages
*   Sterile compresses
*   Adhesive tape
*   Sterile gauze pads
*   Antiseptic wipes
*   Miscellaneous band aids
*   Twine
*   Tweezers
*   Safety pins
*   Scissors
*   Thermometer
*   Latex gloves
*   Tissues
*   Plastic Bags
*   Small mirror
*   Antibacterial soap / wipes
*   Eye drops
*   Burn ointment
*   Sunburn lotion
*   Disinfectant cream
*   Decongestant and antihistamine tablets
*   Anti-acids
*   Antibiotic cream
*   Aspirin / ibuprofen
*   Hydrogen peroxide
*   Diarrhea medication
*   Hydrocortisone cream
*   Poison Ivy cream / cleansers
*   Bee sting kit
*   Snake bite kit
*   Heat / cold packs
*   Personal information / contact person
*   First aid manual
*   Altrec.com sells a variety of first aid kits for camping, hiking and backpacking 


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