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It’s prime time for exploring POST-protected open spaces. But if you’re new to hiking, it can be difficult to know what to pack. Before you walk out the door, here are the essentials you’ll want for your next open space adventure:
1. Water: Many local trailheads don’t have water available, so you’re going to want to fill up before you leave the house. Two liters should be plenty for most hikes.
2. Snacks: Nobody likes a hungry hiker. Make sure you’ve got something to munch on. Foods high in carbohydrates are the way to go. And, if you’re a real pro, you’ll bring some to share with your buddy.
3. Extra clothes: Think layers! The fog can roll in quick in these parts, so be sure you’ve got an extra layer to keep you warm.
4. Map: Most local parks and preserves will provide maps at the trailhead. But if you like to be prepared, you can find many of the maps online and save them to your smartphone.
5. Sunscreen: It’s no secret that the sun provides all kinds of health benefits. But too much exposure isn’t healthy. If you’re planning to be out all day, make sure to protect yourself.
6. Sunglasses: Looking good is not the point of bringing sunglasses, although it doesn’t hurt. Extended exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause eye damage and that’s just not cool. Don’t forget a pair of shades with UV protection.
7. Camera: Smartphone, digital SLR, disposable, whatever you choose — you’re going to want something to help capture your experience. Even just carrying a camera can change your perspective and help you see our open spaces in a new way.
8. One of POST’s downloadable guides: Knowing where to go and what to do is the key to having a great experience in our open spaces. Visit our Field Guides Library to discover your next adventure.
Ready for the trail? Pack your bag, get out there and enjoy our open spaces!
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.