Top Night Visibility Items

Be safe - be seen. It's only your life that depends on it. Night walking means taking extra care that cars can see you. For the best safety, your entire outline should be reflective and you should carry a light or wear a flasher.

Tuvizo Reflective Vest

Tuvizo Reflective Vest
Tuvizo Reflective Vest. Courtesy of Amazon

I carry a reflective vest of these in my car to quickly slip on for night walking. The Tuvizo minimalist design gives you high visibility front, back and sides and goes on over any jacket. It's also brightly colored by day for safety whenever you wear it.

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Nathan Zephyr Fire Runner's Flashlight

Nathan Zephyr Fire Runner's Flashlight
Nathan Zephyr Fire Runner's Flashlight. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Nathan Zephyr Fire is a perfect flashlight for walking. The t-strap keeps it securely in your hand and tilted at the perfect angle to light your walking path. You don't have to grip it or worry about dropping it. It comes in two versions, the 100 which I bought and has a great beam, or the even more powerful 300. It has a rear flashing red light for safety. It recharges via USB. It also has a safety siren. It is definitely worth the price.

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Million Mile Light - Battery-Free

Million Mile Light
Million Mile Light. FlipBelt

The Million Mile Light from FlipBelt is powered by your own motion. It's an ultrabright LED light you can clip to your clothing to keep you safer while you are walking after dark. You never have to worry about changing the batteries. It won't let you down as long as you are up and moving.

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FlyBoys Reflective Scarf

Flyboys Reflective Scarf
Flyboys Reflective Scarf. Courtesy of

You aren't just at risk when you are out for a fitness walk after dark. You have to be seen when heading to work, school or shopping in the dark. The Flyboys reflective scarf is made of cozy polar fleece with two highly reflective stripes the length of the scarf. You can choose a variety of colors. It's just what I need for adding to my dress coat and casual coat when walking after dark.

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Glo Glov Reflective Safety Gloves

Glo-Glov. Wendy Bumgardner ©

These open-fingered gloves have big reflective triangles on the palm and the back of the hand, plus reflective strips down each finger. I love the visibility these gloves give me, especially when crossing the street. I flash the triangle on my palm to waiting traffic.  You can wear alone or over other gloves. They are breathable enough to wear at night in all seasons.

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Panther Vision LED Hat

Panther Vision Pup Powercap
Panther Vision Pup Powercap. Courtesy of

The Panther Vision LED hat has three built-in ultra-bright, ultra-light LED headlamp bulbs is a great walking or running accessory in dusk, dawn, or after dark. It fits and feels like any other good cap, and you can wear it anytime. After dark, just push in the button to use a front spotlight and/or two under-brim lights that will illuminate your walking path. The lights add no weight at all.

LED Clip Lights Buy from
If you already have a favorite hat with a bill and just want to add a clip-on head lamp, these LED clip lights are ideal. I have the same problem with these as with the LED hats - it's not easy to adjust the angle of the light, so you may not be spotlighting your path as well as you wish. In my case, I walk with my chin up and the light ends up too far in front of me. I prefer a real headlamp where I can fully adjust the angle.

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Petzl TacTikka Plus LED Headlamp

Petzl TACTIKKA+ Headlamp
Petzl TACTIKKA+ Headlamp. Courtesy of

For hands-free night walking, this headlamp is an essential. It is lightweight, bright, and it runs on 3 AAA batteries that last for 150 or more hours. That's far better than a flashlight that is drained in just a few hours. You can adjust the angle of the four super bright LED bulbs. I has three brightness settings, plus a flashing setting. There is a red filter to flip over the lights if you prefer. It has a single strap, but kits are available to add an over-the-head second strap.

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Reflective Armbands and Anklebands

PhantomFit Reflective Ankle Bands
PhantomFit Reflective Ankle Bands. Courtesy of Amazon

Reflective ankle bands and armbands are a good choice if you don't want to wear a vest. They will show you are a moving object.

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Pelican Mini Flasher Safety Light

Pelican Mini Flasher
Pelican Mini Flasher. Courtesy of Amazon

Attach these super-bright, lightweight LED lights to your waistband for night safety. Cars can see it over a half-mile way in clear night conditions.

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Iron-on Reflective Transfers

See-Me-Run Reflective Iron-On Transfers Patches
See-Me-Run Reflective Iron-On Transfers. Wendy Bumgardner © 2008

Use these reflective iron-on transfers to add a measure of night safety to your favorite walking gear. I put them on my Camelbak and my favorite cold weather walking hat. Don't want to wear a reflective vest? Use these transfers on your favorite jacket on the back, sleeves and front and you will have improved your night safety. Designs are available from or you can make your own designs with iron-on reflective tape.

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IllumiNITE Hats, Jackets, Shirts and Pants

Illuminite Runner's Cap
Illuminite Runner's Cap. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

IllumiNITE fabric has reflective threads throughout, giving you 360-degree visibility. Jackets include fleece, lined, lightweight, etc. in many styles. Get performance and be reflective. They look normal by day, glow by night.

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Dog-E-Glow Leash

Dog-E-Glow Leash and Collar at Night
Dog-E-Glow Leash and Collar at Night. Photo Provided by Dog-E-Glow

Don't forget your best friend when you are out walking. Your dog collar and leash should be reflective to give you an extra measure of visibility. Even better, the Dog-E-Glow leashes have LED lights in fun patterns such as bones or the school designs of 50 NCAA Division I Universities.

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