A Quick Checklist

It’s important to be prepared for every hike. No one wants to be caught on the trail without water, the proper fuel, or sunscreen. Here’s a checklist I use to make sure I’m organized and prepared for every hike, no matter how short or long it may be.

Day Hikes

  • Water
  • Snacks (Bars, Trail Mix, Jerky)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Compass
  • Clothing:
    • Summer: Shorts, light shirt and shoes with grip
    • Winter: Extra socks, warm jacket, gloves, leggings and shoes with grip/snowshoes
  • Small Backpack
  • Permit (depends on the location and hike. Sometimes day-use permits are located at the trailhead or at the nearest ranger station).

Overnight/Multi-Night Backpacking Trips

  • Water AND Water Purification Tablets (the amount of water depends on the person, but I recommend a gallon per person, per day).
  • Food (Bars, Trail Mix Jerky, Freeze Dried Food)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Flashlights
  • Trash Bag
  • Bear Cannister
  • Bear Spray
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Emergency Poncho
  • Compass
  • Cell phone
  • Portable phone charger
  • Clothing (pack at least one extra pair of everything if backpacking for multiple days):
    • Summer: Extra socks, shorts, light shirt and shoes with grip
    • Winter: Extra socks, warm jacket, gloves, leggings and shoes with grip/snowshoes
  • Backpack (35L to 80L) – SHOP HERE
  • Tent (1-2 Person) – SHOP HERE
  • Sleeping Bag – SHOP HERE
  • Sleeping Pad – SHOP HERE
  • Permit (Required on most overnight backpacking trips). Please see Permits for more information.

NOTE: Many items can be rented at your local REI. Click HERE for more information.

Optional Items (Highly Recommended)

  • Tissues
  • Trash Bags
  • Towel
  • Chapstick
  • Sunglasses
  • Matches
  • Portable Stove
  • Headlamp
  • Swim-Suit
  • Hammer
  • Pocket Knife
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Whistle

What NOT to Bring

  • Unnecessary clothing items (too many shirts or a new outfit for every day backpacking, for example)
  • Bulky items (pillows, blankets, or an umbrella)
  • Jewelry or valuable items
  • Extra toiletries (shampoo or conditioner – especially if it is not environmentally friendly)
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