||WHAT'S IN YOUR FANNY PACK
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)
- 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
- Hat or headband, hair ties
- Identification and insurance card (never walk without I.D.)
- Small amount of cash
- Cell phone
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Disposable camera
- MP3 player
- GPS/Heart rate monitor
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