Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.
1. Bring a 24-hour survival kit on even the shortest hike.
Short hikes are dangerous because people go into them without gear and preparation to fall back on if things go bad. Make a 24-hour survival kit out of an old water bottle and always throw it into your backpack on even the shortest day-hikes.
The recent (happy) story of a woman who was rescued after 17 days lost in the Hawaii jungle is illustrative of countless similar stories of even experienced hikers going on short, “fun” day hikes, getting turned around/injured, and then getting thoroughly lost without the water, food, gear, maps, and preparation they’d have on a longer trail.
She survived, but she easily could have died. On a 3-mile trail that she’d hiked before.