Hi, now I’m going to talk about preparation
for your first hike. Let’s check out some of the things you’re going to need. You’re
going to need a good water bottle. I like to use these because they’re really sturdy
and they hold a lot of water. Also, you could just, you can really have any water bottle,
it doesn’t matter. You can get one at a grocery store. Another important thing to have is
a medical kit. This one’s a little big, you don’t have to have one quite so extensive.
All you really need is a few bandaids and maybe a little bit of bacitracin if you get
a cut. I like this cause it’s got a little manual in case something bad happens that
I don’t know how to treat. It will at least give me an idea of what I can do, like CPR
or anything like that. It’s also got some large bandages, some tongue depressors for
if I need to make a make shift splint, a few bandaids and mole skin, in case I get a blister.
Also, you want to have a, just a small survival kit, a simple one like this works great. You
can see, I’ve got some matches, a compass, just a head lamp in case I have to go out
in the dark, a whistle if I need to call for help, I also have a lighter. but I always
bring matches because if the lighter gets wet it might now work. I also have twine in
case I need to tie some sticks together or something to make a shelter. And the most
important part, is you need a backpack to carry it all in. I like this one, it works
pretty good for just short, few hour hikes. I like it cause the padding is real nice on
the shoulders, it’s comfortable to wear, it’s got this chest strap here to take some of
the weight off your shoulders and put a little more on your chest. But, lastly, you’re gonna
want to have a note. You want to leave a note with a family member or a friend, just someone
so they know where you are in case something goes wrong. Give them a time when you left
and a time when you’re coming back. You might also want a cell phone to bring. It might
not work but it could save your life.