Other items to throw in your pack for any run

Canadian Running - - THE FIX - —CR

Cell­phone

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.

Whis­tle

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.

Emer­gency blan­ket

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.

Wa­ter­proof matches

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.

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