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.