Anyway if I'm going on a short (couple hr) ride I carry water, knife, first aide kit, and snacks.
If I'm going on a longer or possible overnight trip I've got saddle bags packed of all sorts of goodies.
No matter how short a ride it's going to be though I always tell someone I'm heading out and where and about how long I plan to be gone. I also leave a map at my house highlighting the exact trails I plan on taking. I live in sw mo with lots of hills and forests and my cell doesn't always work out here so always have a back up!
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