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DAY HIKING CHECKLIST – Do You Really Need It? This Will Help You Decide!

DAY HIKING CHECKLIST : DAY HIKING CHECKLIST: Do You Really Need It? This Will Help You Decide!

DAY HIKING CHECKLIST - Life Saving List for Hiking - Trekking

Day Hiking Checklist

Hiking gear

  • 20–30L daypack
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Rain cover or pack liner if the weather looks dodgy

Clothing and footwear

Leave the cotton behind. Make sure your layers are made of quick-drying materials that wick moisture.

  • Sturdy hiking footwear
  • Hiking socks (synthetic or wool/wool blend)
  • Liner socks, if needed
  • Underwear and sports bra
  • Hiking shirt – long sleeves help with sun protection
  • Hiking shorts or pants
  • Extra clothing is one of the 10 essentials. Weather can change quickly, and you may be out longer than planned. In every season, be prepared with additional waterproof outer layers, fleece jacket or warm layers, extra socks, gloves, and toque or neck gaiter.

If you’re hiking in the cold or wet, layer on:

  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Down or synthetic insulated jacket
  • Base layers
  • Fleece pants


  • Topographic map in a clear plastic bag or waterproof case
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Altimeter (optional but useful, since it gives your approximate elevation to help you figure out your location on the map)

Food and water

  • Snacks and food for the day, plus extra food (enough for one more day)
  • Water, plus additional water (about 1–2L more as a guideline, but this varies depending on weather and scenario)
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder
  • Water treatment – tablets are small and portable
  • Electrolyte drink crystals (highly recommended)

Sun protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat with a nice wide brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm


  • Headlamp or flashlight for each person in your group (the flashlight on your smartphone is not an acceptable substitute)
  • Extra batteries for headlamp/flashlight, or a backup light

Emergency items

  • First aid kit
  • Matches (waterproof or in a waterproof container) or a lighter
  • Fire starter and/or a candle
  • Emergency shelter (e.g., a big orange plastic bag combined with an emergency blanket, or a pre-made emergency bivy bag)
  • Bug spray (optional, but recommended)
  • Bear safety gear (depending on where you’re going)

Repair kit and tools

  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Small repair kit for gear

Communication device

  • Fully charged phone in a waterproof case or bag
  • Whistle
  • Power bank and cord for electronic devices
  • Satellite communication device (if you’re in remote terrain beyond cell phone coverage)

Optional items

  • Gaiters
  • Binoculars
  • Field guide
  • Bug hat
  • Change of clothes waiting for you in the car
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Camera

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