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Make a stargazing flashlightLooking at a white light after your eyes have adjusted to the dark will ruin your “night vision”, but looking at a red light will not. To make a “stargazing” flashlight, take a piece of red paper or cellophane and use it to cover the end of a white flashlight. Secure the paper using tape or a rubber band.
Go for a night walkIf the full moon is up, the stars will be harder to see. Try going for a night walk instead. Let your eyes adjust to the moonlight by keeping your flashlight turned off, but available for safety if needed.
What to Bring
Plenty of water, even for short hikes — a gallon per person per day is a good guide
Snacks such as fruit or trail mix and empty bags to collect any garbage
Sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen
Warm layers and a lightweight rain jacket
Travel size first aid kit
Map of the area you’ll be exploring and your emergency contact numbers
A small flashlight and batteries
Bring a small flashlight or another source of light with you if you'll be out close to sunset.