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Minimum When Hiking With AOC

Plenty of Water
Avoid bringing carbonated drinks which may explode with a lot of movement
Avoid drinking boxes since they cannot be re-sealed if you do not finish them or want to save some for later
Poncho/Rain Jacket
Insect Repellent
Hat, Visor, and/or Sunglasses
Sunscreen (which should be at least SPF 15 & applied 30 min ahead to be effective)
Dress Appropriately for Weather
Sneakers for Easy Hikes or Broken-In/Waterproofed Hiking Boots for All Other Hikes
Wool or Synthetic Socks - NO Cotton (Liners Too in Cold Weather)

Additionally, What You Might Need When Going (Especially On Your Own)

One or More Buddies!!!
Tell Someone at Home of Your Intended Route
Map & Detailed Directions
First Aid Kit (Bandages, Antibiotic Ointment, Tweezers, Bee Sting Kit)
Extra Snacks or Packed Lunch
Plastic/garbage bag to carry out garbage
Toilet paper (plus a plastic bag to carry it out)
Bear Spray (note that you should replace your bear spray at least every two years, and experts recommend carrying more than one canister)

If Taking Your Dog Along

Please note that not all hikes are suitable for dogs. First and foremost, determine if the place you are going hiking permits their presence. Then, determine the difficulty of the hike and your dog's abilities. A good rule of thumb is that anything over 2.5 hours or is rated moderate to difficult and higher is not worth taking a chance on your dog's health.

Ensure your dog is allowed in the area - there are many park areas where dogs are not allowed, or must be on a leash at all times.
Water & Bowl
Scooper & Bag
Food, Just in Case

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