9 Things Every Trail Runner Should Have

Don't go for a trail run without these nine essential items.

A successful trail runner shares the same motto as the Boy Scouts: Be prepared. Running in the wilderness is more complicated than logging miles around suburban neighborhoods, so you should plan accordingly. Don't head into the woods unless you are familiar with your route and equipped with the proper gear, including these nine things.

Even if one of the reasons you run in the woods is to unplug and escape from it all, you should still have a way to make a call in case you get lost or stranded. A happy medium is to keep the phone turned off unless you need it. That way, no one can interrupt your run, but you can still contact someone back in civilization if you need to do so.

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