Those button lights that gregozedobe likes to add to deals are not bat at all. In pitch darkness they'll do better than by feel .
I am reminded even tho I will only be out for a short hike/walk to always take some gear with me.
Whenever on a hike I bring some stuff:FAK (got different sizes for each purpose)Knife(head) light, small AAA in pockettoilet paperlighterspace blanket and/or bivybag (when out in the mountains).should get me through most situations.
Dont get me wrong, everything is better than nothing, but a real, a serious FAK is more than the stuff most people carry in their Altoids tin.Rule of thumb: if your kit does not include at least two field dressings / compression bandage, its not worth talking about.For example, my mountain hiking kit contains two large field dressings, two more bandages, triangular bandage, plasters, solar blanket, blister plasters, 2 ampoules of salt solution (for cleaning wounds and eyes) and more.Dont call 5 plasters a FAK. I see, need to make a topic about that later on...
For those still not convinced.Here's a topic of mine that shows the gear you take along might just save someone else...https://forum.multitool.org/index.php?topic=82573.0
100% this ^^^I see it all the time people hiking with 1 small bottle of water, no hat for sun, no nothing . We might look overly prepared when we head out but I would not do it any other way.
My backpack is like Mary Poppin's purse. Full of the necessities.
It always surprised me how many hikers go unprepared on trails.Once I was hiking in a State park in Cali alone(took all proper measurements, even leave a footprint in my car at trailhead). The entire trail system is buried in really tall trees, so there's no cell phone signal nor landmark to navigate to. The park labeled the hike as "strenuous" and estimated time is 6 hours to finish the longest trail. Only just 10 minutes into the hike, I met two girls already 'lost' and discussing which way is way. I asked them multiple times whether they want to continue, give them direction and offered one of my spare map printouts(knew this is going to happen).The worst was meeting a group of teenagers trying to out pace each other towards the later part of my hike. That group ended up scattering all across the trail and leaving an inexperience young lady all the way at the back cramping and struggling. I had the opportunity to interact with some of them, since I passed all of them on my way back, and the young lady had asked me to tell her relatives to wait up for her. Their 'fastest' guy greeted me in the parking lot when he finished, and told me how his group had gotten lost a few times and that's why they were running "slow". I told him there was only an hour til sundown, and with all these big trees around, it might get dark sooner than later. When asked about their gears, he had no clue whether anyone on his group had a flashlight or anything to keep warm. I showed him where the park office were before I left, and encouraged him to contact the office if he needed any help, since it's about the well being of his relatives.
I have some good friends who used to go hiking with only what they expected to need, and nothing for contingencies. That was fine when I was with them, as I always had a trick up my sleeve, but it worried me when they did this without me. One Christmas I bought them some "survival" type goodies, useful outdoor stuff that's of hardly any size or weight, along with simple details of how to use each. I made them promise that they would start taking at least some of it when they went out walking. Within a couple of months, they went on their first hike without me since that day, and ended up having to use the mini flashlights and button compass when they got a little disorientated and lost daylight.They never got into being fully equipped, but at least after that, they started carrying something to help get them out of a fix.
This is the problem with everyone getting to try out whatever hobby tickles their fancy. Nowadays you can be 19 years old, with just one expedition under your belt and you can successfully summit Everest. In the meantime anyone can go on a difficult hike, and they can do so with absolutely zero gear, and even less respect for nature. I meet them on the trail and they look at me like I'm the crazy one for looking like Indiana Jones. They're on the hike with regular sneakers, maybe a plastic water bottle that's going get launched into the woods when emptied, and a sleeveless shirt. You'd think there's justice in the universe... But there isn't.
My friends still hike without gear because I'm around.