Day Hiking Checklist

Day Hiking Checklist The Ten Essentials for safety, survival and basic comfort

The Ten Essentials

(for safety, survival and basic comfort)

1. Navigation

  • Map (with protective case)
  • Compass
  • GPS (optional)

2. Sun protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses

3. Insulation

  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat (see Clothing)

4. Illumination

  • Headlamp or flashlight (plus spare)
  • Extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

  • First-aid kit (see our First-aid checklist)

6. Fire

  • Matches or lighter
  • Waterproof container
  • Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)

7. Repair kit and tools

  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Kits for stove, mattress; duct tape strips

8. Nutrition

  • Extra day's supply of food

9. Hydration

  • Water bottles or Hydration system
  • Water filter or other treatment system

10. Emergency shelter

  • Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket

Beyond the Ten Essentials

  • Daypack
  • Multifunction watch with altimeter
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Trekking poles
  • Insect repellent
  • Headnet
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitation trowel
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Two-way radios
  • Cell or satellite phone
  • Energy food (bars, gels, chews, trail mix)
  • Energy beverages or drink mixes
  • Lunch
  • Utensils
  • Cups
  • Food for kids
  • _____________________ for kids
  • Route description or guidebook
  • Interpretive field guide(s)
  • Notepad or sketchpad with pen/pencil
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Bag for collecting trash
  • Post-hike snacks, water, towel, clothing change
  • Trip itinerary left w/friend + under car seat
  • _____________________

Warm weather clothing options

  • Wicking T-shirt
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirt (for bugs, sun)
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Insulating fleece jacket or vest
  • Bandana or buff
  • _____________________
Cool weather clothing options
  • Wicking long-sleeve T-shirt
  • Wicking long underwear
  • Hat, cap or headband (synthetic or wool)
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Insulating fleece jacket (or vest) and pants
  • Rain jacket (or soft shell and waterproof hat)
  • Rain pants (or soft-shell pants)
  • _____________________

Footwear

  • Boots or shoes suited to terrain
  • Socks (synthetic or wool)
  • Gaiters
  • Sandals (for river fording, trip home)
  • ______________________
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