From biodegradable body wipes to a $20 survival tent, the lightweight gear and gadgets to take on your next hiking trip
If you like the feeling of getting lost in nature when you go on a hike, the last thing you want is a heavy backpack weighing you down.
But as you're likely to be miles away from the nearest store, it's important to be prepared and have enough supplies to cover you in emergencies.
From food and hydration storage solutions to emergency shelters and first aid equipment, we've picked eight useful survival items that come in small packages. They'll make your expedition a lot more comfortable and they'll take up hardly any space in your backpack.
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