What should you pack for a day hike?
What to pack for hiking? This is a question we get asked all of the time. It’s all relative, some people need more and want more. Here are some of the trail tested things that we never leave home without!
A question that most people have asked, but don’t have the answer to. Having an emergency hiking kit is imperative!! The Ten Essentials is a great place to start, but that can be a bit much to take on a day hike. Even if you’re just going out for a brief hike, there are still some things that should ALWAYS be with you at all times. Check out what we recommend you should have in your emergency hiking kit! Side note – a lot of this stuff we buy on Amazon and if you purchase anything through our links, we get a little kickback, at no additional cost to you!
Chapstck with SPF
Waterproof sunscreen, because you just never know. Add a travel size to your pack!
First Aid Kit
This seems obvious, but it should also be customized to fit your personal needs. Are you on any daily medication? Add extra sets to your first aid kit. Do you have asthma? Add an extra inhaler! Get headaches often? Add salt tablets and ibuprofen! You should ALWAYS include ibuprofen to help reduce swelling while hiking.
No seriously these save your life in the hypothetical sense. They can power you over any obstacle. When you have those moments where you can’t go on, you pop one of these babies and all is right in the world. We love Cliff Bloks and GU Energy Chews.
Windbreaker or Rain Coat
Seriously, never leave home without this. It goes a long way. A good waterproof shell should be super lightweight, packable, and breathable. DD has the Marmot Precip (and LOVES the vents on the jacket) , but if you can’t spring for that, any wind/water repellent outer layer will do. Tip: Size up slightly when selecting yours. You want to make sure it zips!
Buff and or a bandana
Water, water, and more water! Plus purification.
Seems obvious, except for how much you need to bring! 2 liters is always a safe bet. I pack a filter too, JIC, when I am hiking in areas I don’t know well. But a Nalgene or a Camelbak hydration system is key. If it’s hot – hack – freeze your bottle or Camelbak halfway and let it melt to keep the water cold.
A Paper Map & GPS Trail
A paper map! Bring a waterproof version if you can, but we like these waterproof alock sacks for keeping maps when traveling. Also good for many other things. Originally got these in our Cairn box!
We also recommend you downloading your trail map from All Trails, and bringing some sort of GPS tracking device, even if that’s a fully charged phone with a battery backup.
Pocket Blanket or Emergency Blanket
Extras of stuff you always have
Lightweight Pocket Knife
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