Packing your Daypack

Multi-day outings are great. A respite from computer screens and traffic lights is the perfect way to relax and appreciate nature. However, it can be hard to find the time to play outside for multiple days at a time. Luckily, day trips can be just as much fun. While different activities require more specific gear (you might regret grabbing your climbing harness instead of your towel if you’re checking out a swimming hole), there are a few basic items that are useful in any daypack.

Bringing enough water is crucial to having a good day out. When you’re doing anything outdoors (even if it’s just walking around) you are using energy, and will need more water than you normally would. Water reservoirs like the ones in Camelbak packs are great for carrying lots of water without taking up lots of space. Most packs made now are designed to fit a reservoir.

It’s also a good idea to pack some snacks. Foods that don’t spoil easily and that are squish-resistant are best. Energy bars, such as CLIF, are an easy, packable, and convenient way to get nutrients. Apples, oranges, and other fresh fruits are a nice healthy treat. Dried fruit and freeze-dried fruit like Crunchies are also an easy and tasty option.

Having a knife or a multi-tool can come in handy in an expected or unexpected situation. Leatherman tools offer the convenience of a toolbox in the palm of your hand.

It never hurts to bring a first aid kit, or some basic first aid items. Companies like Lifeline and Adventure Medical Kits make small first aid kits with the necessities.

It can be easy to lose track of time when you’re having fun and enjoying the beautiful scenery that the outdoors has to offer. That’s why I like to pack a headlamp in my daypack. Having a headlamp or a flashlight is helpful for making your way back to the car if you happen to lose a race with the sun.

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