The Ten Essentials

Weather is unpredictable and changes rapidly on the Olympic Peninsula. Be prepared for rain or snow even on a sunny summer day. Water found along the trail should always be treated if you decide to drink it.

Remember: you can't count on cell phone coverage in remote areas!

(*See also REI's 10 essential systems)

The 10 essentials you should carry include:

  • Map and compass
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Matches, candle or firestarter - make sure matches are protected.
  • Small knife.
  • First aid kit - carry items that take care of blisters, headaches, etc.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
  • Mirror and whistle.
  • Raingear and extra clothing.
  • Water - at least one quart.
  • Extra food - high energy snack such as candy, jerky or meat bars.

Be Prepared and wear waterproof boots, carry durable raingear and a waterproof tent. Wear and carry clothing, including a hat and gloves, that retains warmth when they get wet such as wool or polypropylene. Weather changes rapidly in the Olympic Mountains. Hypothermia Weather can happen any time, even in the middle of summer.