I often go out in the Nova Scotia wilds to get photo references for my paintings. Most of these outing are for 1/2.5 hours, not long hikes, but long enough that you have to go prepared. I'd like to share what I've learned about these 'mini' hikes and what to bring along to make the experience safe and fun!
1. Bring a friend. If you are planning to go 'off roading' I suggest you don't do it alone and bring a friend (who you actually like... it helps)!
2. Bring a camera. If you are getting photo references, a camera is a good idea!
3. Back up battery. We've all been there!
4. Fanny pack. Kind of hokey but really handy for hands free, accessibility and short hikes.
5. Cell phone. Handy for communication with fellow hiker, maps and compass (not FB updates...RESIST)!
6. A COMFORTABLE AND WELL WORN IN PAIR OF HIKING SHOES. I like the boot style to protect my ankles (I could say...and hide them..but I actually have nice ankles. It's a redeeming feature!).
7. Band aids. For nasty blister/cuts especially if you don't follow #6.
8. Water (To the chagrin of many, it will not turn into wine).
9. Sustenance. I usually bring a health bar/chocolate!
10. Layer! Wear light weight long pants, long sleeve shirts, bball cap and sunglasses. These protect you from sticks, brush and ticks and also provides protection from the sun.
This is just my top 10 thoughts....I know I will want to add more. And, this list is only for short walks/hikes. Longer excursions would require more preparation and supplies.