Hiking Checklist

Day Hiking Checklist


Clothing & Footwear

Backpacks & bags

Moisture-wicking underwear

Moisture-wicking T-shirt

Quick-drying pants/shorts

Long-sleeve shirt (for sun, bugs) 

Lightweight fleece or jacket

Boots or shoes suited to terrain

Socks (synthetic or wool)

Gaiters

 

Extra clothes * (beyond the minimum expectation)

 

Additional items for rainy and/or cold weather:

Rainwear (jacket and pants)

Long underwear

Warm, insulated jacket or vest

Fleece pants

Gloves or mittens

Warm hat

 

Food & Water


Water bottles and/or reservoir 

Water filter/purifier or chemical treatment 

Trail snacks

Lunch

Extra day's supply of food 

 

Navigation

 

Map

Compass

Altimeter watch 

GPS 

Satellite messenger/personal locator beacon 

 

Emergency & First Aid

 

First-aid kit or first-aid supplies 

Lighter/matches and fire starter 

Emergency shelter 

Whistle

 

Health & Hygiene

Hand sanitizer

Menstrual products

Prescription medications

Sunglasses

Sun hat

Hydration bladder

Water purifier

Tissues

Hygienic Wipes


Optional:

Toilet paper

Alcohol or antiseptic wipes

Insect repellent 

 

 

Day Hiking Extras

 

Headlamp or flashlight * (with extra batteries)

Camera

Interpretive field guide(s)

Outdoor journal with pen/pencil

Binoculars

Two-way radios

 

Personal Items

Credit card and/or cash

ID

Cellphone

 You can click and download our printable checklist here.

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