December 2, 2014 / Comments (0)

Warm Weather Day Hiking Packing List



The Essentials:

(for safety, survival and basic comfort)


1. Navigation

  • Map
  • compass
  • GPS (optional)

2. Sun protection

  • Sunscreen
  • chapstick
  • hat/bandana

3. Insulation

  • Jacket, vest, pants, gloves, hat (dependent on weather-see clothing below)

4. Illumination

  • flashlight/headlamp
  • extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

  • First aid kit- make your own for a lightweight and customizable option!
  • toilet kit (leave no trace)
  • plastic whistle


6. Fire

  • matches/lighter
  • magnesium fire starter/birch bark/other form of fire starter (for emergencies)

7. Repair kit and tools

  • Knife or multi-tool
  • duct tape (rolled around pen)
  • paracord


8. Nutrition

  • Calorie/nutrient dense foods


9. Hydration

  • Water bottles or hydration system (e.g. camelbak/platypus)
  • water filter/treatment tablets

-Make sure you have plenty of water and know where you can refill if needed!


Beyond the Essentials

Some are necessary and others are nice extras depending on your ability/comfort/needs

  • Daypack (necessary for all your stuff, but size depends on type of trip/length)
  • camera
  • trail guide- make photo copies ahead of time
  • trekking poles
  • binoculars- extra item if you like bird watching
  • insect repellent (spring/summer)
  • altimeter
  • watch
  • carabiner
  • cell phone/two way radio
  • Gaiters
  • waterproof pack cover or liner
  • shoes for the car ride home! 🙂


Warm weather clothing options

  • Wicking short-sleeved shirt
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants, shorts, or skirt
  • Long-sleeve shirt (for bugs and sun)
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • midweight layer
  • Insulating fleece jacket or vest (it can get very cold and windy up top!)
  • Bandana or buff
  • rain gear


Cool weather clothing options

  • Wicking long-sleeve shirt
  • Wicking long underwear
  • Hat, cap or headband (synthetic or wool)
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Insulating fleece jacket (or vest) and pants
  • midweight layer


  • shoes/boots suited to terrain
  • socks- synthetic or wool


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