Hope for the best, prepare for the worse.
On even the simplest hike, things can go accidentally bad in a hurry. Besides carrying the 10-essentials to help keep you safe, having a contact person--someone who will call the authorities if you're overdue--is another crucial link in your safety planning.
To help you do that, AdventureSmart has a free, quick and easy online Trip Planning form that you can fill out and send (email) to your contact person. It only takes a minute to complete and it could save you one day.