Other items to throw in your pack for any run
Although we hit the trails to escape modern life, a phone may become a lifesaver if you get seriously turned around; but be aware that many remote areas don’t have a reliable cell signal.
Useful if you are lost or sense a potential animal threat on the trail.
Light, packable jacket
Weather can shift quickly, particularly out in the mountains. Every serious trail running apparel maker now produces a jacket that’s featherlight and remarkably resistant to the elements.
If the situation goes from bad to worse, a Mylar emergency blanket (like the ones you get in a race finishing chute) can become a last line of defence from the elements. They weigh almost nothing, so bringing one is a no-brainer.
If you need to start a fire, you’re going to need a way to get it started. Make sure the matches can withstand rain and sweat.