What do I need for a day hike?
Ten Things You Should Bring on Every Hike
- Appropriate footwear.
- Map and compass/GPS.
- Extra water and a way to purify it.
- Extra food.
- Rain gear and extra clothing.
- Safety items: fire, light, and a whistle.
- First aid kit.
- Knife or multi-purpose tool.
Backpacking Meal Ideas
- Popular choices: Instant hot cereals, dehydrated eggs, pancake mix, breakfast bars, granola, dry cereal, instant tea, coffee, powdered milk, juice, fresh fruit, dried fruits.
- Popular choices: Jerky, dried fruit, fig bars, bagels (best for shorter trips), energy bars and nuts.
- Buy or make your own ice packs prior to leaving.
- Cool food prior to leaving.
- Freeze items that can be frozen at home prior to leaving.
- Keep loose ice (cubes) in a separate container, such as a freezer bag.
- Evenly distribute the ice packs and frozen food items as much as possible when you pack your cooler.
- Updated Ten Essential "Systems"
- Navigation (map and compass)
- Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
- Insulation (extra clothing)
- Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
- First-aid supplies.
- Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
- Repair kit and tools.
- Nutrition (extra food)
- Tent footprints are used as ground cloths under camping tents to prevent the wear and tear of your tent against the ground. For example, let's say you camp on desert sand or on a sandy beach. The bottom of your tent will probably experience some minor wear and tear as a result of scratching against the ground.
Updated: 18th November 2019