Day Hiking Checklist

DAY HIKINGPacking for a day hike can be tricky. It’s not that it’s difficult to figure out a packing list of potential items, but it is difficult to pack just the right amount. You’ve probably kicked yourself for not packing something on a hike, or maybe you’ve done just the opposite and packed way more than you needed.

Sometimes all you need for a day hike is a pair of sneakers and a bottle of water, but other times you need to be a bit more equipped. There are a number of different factors that will influence the items that you bring such. For example, you need more insulation during the winter than during the summer. If rain is in the forecast, you will definitely need a rain jacket. For rocky and rough terrain, you should opt for a hiking boot with ankle support rather than an old pair of tennis shoes. You will want a first aid kit for treacherous trails that don’t see a lot of traffic.

The things that you should carry on a day hike will vary greatly depending on the conditions, and it’s possible that you pack different items nearly every time step foot on the trail. Prime conditions allow for a minimal pack list, whereas more challenging conditions require a full pack. However, it’s good to have a master pack list that you can whittle down to suit your needs. Here’s a comprehensive day hiking pack list for you to choose from.

  • The 10 Essentials
  • Daypack
  • Trekking poles
  • Trash bag/container
  • Water
  • Food
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Bandana
  • Extra insulation
  • Rain jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun shirt
  • Sun screen
  • Lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Bug spray
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Post-hike water, food, clothing, etc. in the car.

Of course, some people like to bring extra luxuries like a camp chair, stove, or a deck of cards. This day hiking checklist is a good place to start, but you will definitely want to add or remove items the more that you hike to make your own personalized pack list.

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