Here are our recommendations for essentials needed to be safe hiking.  We built upon the Functional "10 Essentials" list (Navigation, Sun Protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit and Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, and Emergency Shelter), and added some reliable brand name products we have used over the years to make this new list one we believe everyone should have.  Primarily these are items you will need for light hikes to peak bagging in a single day trip, and most of these items are essential to doing bigger backpacking trips.  Please note: this list contains both Men's, Women's, and Unisex items.  Or click on this link to be redirected to see everything offered through REI.com, the official outdoor retailer of the 52 Hike Challenge.  All monies raised through these links goes towards funding the 52 Hike Challenge, so we would appreciate if you shared this page with your family and friends too!  Happy hiking - Karla and Phillip