Hiking season is in full swing in Arizona's high country, and professional hiking guide Roger Jenkins says plan now to prevent problems. He advises putting together a permanent "hiking kit," with ten essentials that can be used for day hikes or multi-day adventures.
Start with a first-aid kit, because Jenkins has found that if you hike enough, eventually someone will get hurt. Then add waterproof matches, a knife and rain gear. Topographic maps are next on the list, and that is the one Jenkins says most people overlook.
A hat, extra clothing, a compass and a flashlight bring the list tally to nine. The final item? He says that is your call. He calls it the “common sense” detail – you might want insect repellent, sunscreen or toilet paper.