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On an average fitness walk through my neighborhood I rarely carry more than a water bottle and ID. I learned a long time ago to be more prepared when I go out on a hiking trail or when walking distance. Through trial and error you learn what items are necessary and what items are dead weight.

I have one major rule for most of my walks. If it doesn't fit in a fanny pack I leave it behind. For fitness walking you need empty hands to get a good arm swing, and for hiking you need them for assistance and balance. The following is a short list of items to consider before going out for a distance walk. I don't usually carry all of these items, but have on occasion and have used them all at one time or another.
  • Water and sports drink (or other electrolyte replacement)
  • Kleenex
  • Wet Ones
  • Nutrition bar, gel, or snack
  • Rain poncho - You can buy cheap disposable rain ponchos (they come nicely folded up in a very small packet) in the camping department. A garbage bag will work in a pinch.
  • Dry socks - place in a ziplock bag, nothing is better than putting on dry socks when your feet are wet
  • Blister and chafing prevention - Band Aids, Blister Blocks or mole skin AND runners lube or sports slick
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or headband, hair ties
  • Gloves
  • Identification and insurance card (never walk without I.D.)
  • Small amount of cash
  • Map
  • Cell phone
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Disposable camera
  • MP3 player
  • GPS/Heart rate monitor
  • Pedometer



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