Do you carry a knife when hiking?

black handled knife on brown log

It’s a question that gets asked a lot: should you carry a knife when hiking? The answer, of course, depends on personal preference and the situation. If you’re going on a short day hike in an area where there are no predators, then you probably don’t need to worry about carrying a knife. However, if you’re hiking in an area where there are predators or if you’re going on a longer hike, then carrying a knife may be a good idea.

Knives can be useful for lots of things while hiking, such as opening food packaging, preparing meals, or self-defense in case of an attack by an animal or another person. Of course, knives can also be dangerous if they’re not used properly, so it’s important to know how to use one before carrying one on a hike.

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