EAGLE RIVER - Before you head out on an outdoor adventure this summer, you might want to check your packing list.
Tom Stephens and his wife Jessica Allen own The Hiker Box in Eagle River.
They're used to helping people get ready for outdoor trips like camping, hiking, or kayaking.
They say packing food, water, fire starters and emergency blankets are crucial.
Clothing is important, too, right down to what socks you wear.
"If you think that a standard cotton sock is going to take care of you out there, you'll find out that you're wrong in a very painful and lasting way with huge blisters," says Tom.
Tom also says there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.
You should also bring along a first aid kit, but you should make it your own.
"You need to go through that and look at it from your eyes and what you need for first aid. Do you have special conditions? Do you prefer a certain bandage for your ankle?" says Jessica.
It's also good to bring a light, a compass, and repair tools on your trip.
The Hiker Box
|Story By: Natalie Cardona