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What's your favorite unique day hike accessory?

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Watermelon jolly ranchers @footprintsonly4 ! Not sure if that counts but I love them and only treat myself on hikes.

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We always take a Wawa soft pretzel to share as part of our mid-point snack.

@footprintsonly4 I'm a sucker for a great seat pad! They have so many uses and is typically the least expensive piece of gear I'm carrying.  I never leave home for a hike without mine.

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The day after Valentine's Day those hard candy hearts with messages on them go on sale for about $.10 a box.  They are the perfect pick-me-up on the trail.  I buy enough boxes to last through the summer, and my hiking partners always count on me having enough to share!  I put them in my hip belt pocket and have a few every half hour or so.  Or right before the big climb.

And since you said unique, here's another:  my hearing aids.  Even when solo I sometimes wear them so I can hear the birds, the water, and the wind.  Without them I tend to go inward.

mine in a 'food accessory' also, a zip lock back of large fritos, omg, drooling...a guilty pleasure I save for hiking only.

story time: some of my closest backpacking friends tell me their fondest trip memories were of me pulling out a bag of these large fritos from the top of my pack and sharing during freezing rain storms.  Definitely a morale boost.

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A hammock!!! I will nap with the best of them if the area allows! Anyone else love just relaxing in the outdoors?  I once did my remote work in a hammock using my laptop and cell phone hot spot. It was awesome. 

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On a hot day hike, I love having my Kool Tie wrapped around my neck and keeping me cool. Also agree with having jolly ranchers or gummy bears for that extra push on the switchback.