Our Essential Hiking Packing List 


Lightweight Day Pack

The most important thing you’ll need is a backpack. I recommend getting one with a built-in water bottle holder on the side and many compartments. You will also want it to be lightweight and comfortable.

Water Bottle

A water bottle is another absolute must-bring item for hiking. In fact, multiple water bottles are best as the average person needs ½ liter (2 cups) of water per every hour of hiking.

Non-Perishable Snacks

When hiking, you want high-protein and high-energy snacks such as trail mix, beef jerky, peanut butter, and energy bars. For safety reasons, always bring more than you think you need.

A Trail Map & Compass

While phones have almost wiped the need for maps, the reality of hiking is that they won’t be of much use. Even if it is a heavily trafficked hike, always bring a compass  and a physical trail map.

Essential Clothing

Whatever you do, always dress in layers. - Hiking shoes or boots - Mid-to-heavy outer jacket - Fleece or warm middle layer - Base layer - Rain jacket - Water sandals - Wool socks

Overnight Trip Packing List

- Dehydrated meals - Camping stove - Backpacking tent - Sleeping bag - Sleeping bag liner - Utensils - Repair kit - Backpacking chair

Emergency Kit Must-Haves

- First aid kit - Additional blister care - Knife - Lighter or matches - GPS device - Flashlight or headlamp - Duct tape - Whistle

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