News Ticker

Gear Check List

Day Hiking Checklist

  • Note: This list is intentionally extensive. Not every person will carry every item on every day hike.
  • The Ten Essentials (for safety, survival and basic comfort)

We provide:

–        Sleep bag (Temperature rating? (C) -1 to 14oC )

–        Sleep pad

–        Ten if no base camp

You will consider what you will need for your trip in below:

  • Navigation
  1. 1.   Map (with protective case
  2. 2.   Compass
  3. 3.   GPS (optional)
  • Fire
  1. 1.   Matches or lighter
  2. 2.   Waterproof container
  3. 3.   Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)
  • Sun protection
  1. 1.   Sunscreen and lip balm
  2. 2.   Sunglasses
  • 7. Repair kit and tools
  1. 1.   Knife or multi-tool
  2. 2.   Duct tape strips;
  3. 3.   repair items as needed
  • Insulation
  1. 1.   Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat (see Clothing)
  • 8. Nutrition
  1. 1.   Extra day’s supply of food
  • Illumination

H  Headlamp or flashlight

Extra batteries

  • 9. Hydration
  1. 1.   Water bottles or hydration system
  2. 2.   Water filter or other treatment system
  • First-aid supplies
  1. 1.   First-aid kit
  2. 2.   (see our First-aid checklist in below )

 

  • 10. Emergency shelter
  1. 1.   Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket
  • Beyond the Ten Essentials
  1. 2.              Daypack
  2. 3.              Energy food (bars, gels, chews, trail mix)
  3. 4.              Energy beverages or drink mixes
  4. 5.             Binoculars
  5. 6.             Camera
  6. 7.             Utensils
  7. 8.             Trekking poles
  8. 9.             Cups
  9. 10.                     Insect repellent
  10. 11.                     Headnet
  11. 12.                     Toilet paper
  12. 13.                     Route description or guidebook
  13. 14.                     Sanitation trowel
  14. 15.                     Interpretive field guide(s)
  15. 16.                     Hand sanitizer
  16. 17.                     Notepad or sketchpad with pen/pencil
  17. 18.                     Quick-dry towel
  18. 19.                     Two-way radios
  19. 20.                     Bag for collecting trash
  20. 21.                     Cell or satellite phone
  21. 22.                     Post-hike snacks, water, towel, clothing change
  22. 23.                     Trip itinerary left w/friend + under car seat

 

  • Warm weather clothing options
  1. 1.   Wicking T-shirt
  2. 2.   Wicking underwear
  3. 3.   Quick-drying pants or shorts
  4. 4.   Long-sleeve shirt (for bugs, sun)
  5. 5.   Sun-shielding hat
  6. 6.   Insulating fleece jacket or vest
  7. 7.   Bandana or buff

 

  • Cool weather clothing options
  1. 1.   Wicking long-sleeve T-shirt
  2. 2.   Wicking long underwear
  3. 3.   Hat, cap or headband (synthetic or wool)
  4. 4.   Gloves or mittens
  5. 5.   Insulating fleece jacket (or vest) and pants
  6. 6.   Rain jacket (or soft shell and waterproof hat
  7. 7.   Rain pants (or soft-shell pants)

 

  • Footwear
  1. 1.   Boots or shoes suited to terrain
  2. 2.   Gaiters
  3. 3.   Socks (synthetic or wool)
  4. 4.   Sandals (for river fording, trip home)