Day Hike Checklist
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Essential for any day hike:
  • 2 canteens with water
  • Lunch and trail snack
  • Rain gear (Gore-tex or similar is best)
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • Map and compass
  • Daypack


What to wear:

  • Good hiking boots
  • Wool hiking socks with wicking liner socks
  • Hat
  • Wicking underwear
  • Hiking pants
  • Wicking shirt
  • Avoid cotton, especially in cold weather


In cold weather, you'll also need:

  • Extra sweater and/or heavy jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves


In hot weather, you may want:

  • Sunglasses
  • Extra water
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit


Optional stuff, but good to have:

  • Walking staff
  • Knife
  • Flashlight
  • Fire starter, or waterproof matches
  • Whistle
  • Extra bootlaces
  • Survival blanket ("space blanket")
  • First aid kit
  • Moleskins or blister patches
  • Toilet paper and trowel
  • Sunblock (important year round)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Notebook and pen