New features, new look and now mobile-responsive! No need to re-register.
Logo

Get Healthy!

Day Hiking: What to Take

  • Benj Vardigan
  • Posted March 11, 2013

Going on a day hike is a great low-maintenance way to get out of the city, but it still requires some thoughtful preparation. Below is a checklist of all the gear you'll need. When you're deciding what to take, consider the particulars of your trip -- season, weather, location, individual needs -- and customize this list accordingly.

Just print out this list and check items off as you pack them. If you want a more specialized list, you can copy and paste this article into a Word document on your own computer and add your personal essentials.

Essentials

  • Daypack (with good padding on the back panel and shoulder straps)
  • Drinking water (about 20 ounces for every hour you'll hike, depending on how much you sweat), and some extra in case you get lost
  • Wilderness first-aid kit
  • Map of the area
  • Pocketknife
  • Waterproof matches
  • Compass
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Whistle (to call for help in an emergency)
  • Small plastic bag for trash
  • Cell phone and GPS
  • Identification

Clothing and Outerwear

  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Quick-drying swimsuit (if you'll be near a lake or swimming hole)
  • Breathable, lightweight jacket
  • Rain gear

Footwear

  • Hiking socks
  • Extra socks
  • Hiking boots or shoes suited to the terrain

Food

  • Energy bars
  • Gorp (short for "good old raisins and peanuts") or trail mix (nuts, seeds, or dried fruit), enough to last a day or two in case of emergency
  • Raw veggies or fruit

Personal Items

  • Toilet paper
  • Handkerchief or bandanna
  • Lip balm (with sun protection)

Extras

  • Hiking staff
  • Gaiters (to keep loose stones or snow out of your boots)
  • Gloves
  • Camera and film
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries (if you think you might be out after dark)
  • Reading glasses
  • Watch
  • Moleskin (for blisters)
  • Field guide (to vegetation, wildlife, terrain, etc.)
  • Money

References

American Hiking Society, "Hike Smart: Playing it Safe on the Trail." http://www.americanhiking.org/news/pdfs/safety.pdf

Berger, Karen. "Hiking and Backpacking: A Complete Guide," W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 1995.

The Lightweight Backpacker. "The 14 Essentials!" 1996. http://www.backpacking.net/ten-essl.html

Mayo Clinic. Water: How much should you drink every day? April 2008. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

Health News is provided as a service to Shelby Drugstore, Inc. site users by HealthDay. Shelby Drugstore, Inc. nor its employees, agents, or contractors, review, control, or take responsibility for the content of these articles. Please seek medical advice directly from your pharmacist or physician.
Copyright © 2019 HealthDay All Rights Reserved.