The Ultimate Day Hiking Checklist | GearJunkie


Going on a hike? Here’s a day hiking gear checklist to help you have a kick-butt day.

To be clear…we’re talking day hike! Not multi-day excursions 🙂

Essentials:
• Day Pack (15-25L)
• Rain/Wind Fly (and extra layers if it may get cold)
• Water
• Calories/Snacks
• Sun Protection
• Phone/GPS

Non-Essentials:
• Headlamp
• Portable Battery
• Duct Tape
• Multi-Tool

If you want to learn more about MULTI-DAY SURVIVAL essentials, read more here

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  • Lmao If I put nut butter in my mouth my wife would divorce me

  • People who go for a day hike with the the items that you suggest can get into Situation that need a rescue

  • Head lamps are essential!!!

  • Why do all these guys like heavy ass nalgenes?

  • I have many issues with this video including “crushing miles”, the annoying music and how far from the camera you are, but the most important quest is : How are the nut butter pouches zero waste?
    Brotato Chip, you are hallucinating. Take one day off the mushrooms.

  • can i ask what is the music?

  • What about toilet paper, medical, fire?

  • Great video but you missed an opportunity. I didn’t hear anything medically related. First Aide Kit

  • THE UPDATED TEN ESSENTIALS
    As I mentioned before, the original "ten essentials" are about 100 years old! Obviously, that needs to be updated, below is a list that more closely reflects what I carry ((a survival kit is a whole other topic!). Keep in mind, merely having a list of “things”, WITHOUT knowledge or experience, is NOT a guarantee of safety, and any suggestion to the contrary is both incorrect and irresponsible!:

    1. Survival kit (Carry on your belt, NEVER in a pack)
    2. Smartphone (in a waterproof-shockproof case & spare battery or battery bank)
    3. Water for the day/duration (may include water filter/treatment)
    4. Appropriate clothing/layers (base and outer layers PLUS a thermal layer and a rain shell)
    5. Sleeping pad with a good R-rating (head-to-hip mandatory, head-to-heel optional)
    6. Area topographic map (printed on waterproof paper)
    7. Personal Locator Beacon (feat. ACR RescueMe, optional Garmin inReach Mini)
    8. Necessary prescriptions (i.e. glasses, medications, etc.)
    9. Food for the day/duration (LOW priority)
    10. The Five Essential Steps

    A good survival kit is a good idea ANY time you go on a wilderness outing, no matter how long or short the outing. Even if you will be within sight of the city, you can STILL get lost or have an accident! The survival kit already has most of your "essentials" including: A dependable folding knife, a durable Mylar bivy, a head net, some basic first-aid items, UCO Titan Storm-Proof Matches, a mini lighter, a good compass, a reflector, a whistle, a Micro-Maglite (with 3 AAA batteries), water treatment pills (for 3 days), 3 bullion cubes, survival sunglasses, needle and thread, and MUCH more (my survival kit also has an ACR RescueMe PLB 1 attached to it). IF you have been on the upcoming hike before, and you KNOW the area well, you may be able to cut back on a few things. If you KNOW the weather over the next 24 to 72 hours will be mild, both day AND night, you may even cut back on a few clothing items, just be sure you know what you’re doing!

    Above all, the absolute BEST thing you can do to insure your safety is to TELL AT LEAST TWO dependable people (each in different social circles) where you're going, when you'll be back, and give EACH of them your information sheet that includes a map of your route and instructions to call 911 or S.A.R. if you are well overdue!!!

  • I carry a small umbrella, protects against sun or rain

  • You must add a visle and a compass incase phone failure

  • 3:32 I thought he was going to say rona lol

  • Your suggestion of the phone as an essential is a fail.

  • All this and no first aid kit?!

  • How are the nut butters zero waste? Those packages are all plastic.

  • Thanks for the info!!! Thanks for sharing

  • Everyone forgets socks and toilet paper

  • Oh for heaven's sake people. Dress appropriately for the day, eat before you go, grab a bottle of water, make sure you phone is charged, and go!

  • This is a good start, but there are more things you should bring with you. You should carry a couple of BIC lighters. You can wrap 1" Gorilla Tape around them. Opt for the Gorilla Tape instead of regular duct tape, as it is stronger and works better for tinder if you NEED to start a fire. Choose a multi-tool with a saw and awl. Pack a small first aid kit and throw in an additional bandana. Include Benadryl, Moleskin, Pain Reliever, Tweezers and Needle (tick removal and splinter removal). You might also want to bring a water filter or purificatioin tablets with you (just in case). Depending on the weather you might want to pack rain gear, a beanie hat, gloves, etc. Some kind of cordage such as paracord would be a good idea, too, and some cleaning wipes. Oh, and don't forget a whistle.

  • I’m positive John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and Henry David Thoreau would scoff at these suggestions.

  • small basic first aid kit is a must-add

  • "EVERYONE IS A POTENTIAL VICTIM, NOT EVERYONE IS A POTENTIAL SURVIVOR." – John Lech, PhD
    The so-called "10 Essentials" (first written in 1930) is actually little more than a beginner's guide on what to pack. It is TOTALLY insufficient by itself if we're talking about actually being PREPARED! But okay, so what do you pack? START with…

    1- Kits (First-Aid= including necessary med's, contacts and case, etc.; Repair= needle and thread, duct tape, etc….)
    2- Communication (A smartphone in a waterproof-shockproof case and a spare batter or battery bank)
    3- Illumination (A headlight and spare batteries
    4- Navigation (Map on waterproof paper and a quality compass, but LEARN how to use them!!)
    5- Clothing (Wear proper [layered] clothing, but include rain and thermal layers)
    6- Sheltering (At least a Mylar bivy sack, but a regular bivy would be better)
    7- Signaling (At least a whistle and a reflector)
    8- Fire (At least a lighter, maybe some stormproof matches and fire starting tinder)
    9- Water (for the day/duration)
    10- Food (for the day/duration)

    AFTER
    you have the "essentials", then you can add a buff, sunglasses, etc., but you should also know a number of outdoor Rules, including:

    THE TREKKING RULE
    Rest before you're tired, drink before you're thirsty, eat before you're hungry, remove layers before you're hot, replace layers before you're cold
    THE LOST RULE
    Stop, sit, eat, drink, THINK. Then follow one of the 8 reorienting strategies.
    THE PRIMARY SURVIVAL STRATEGY
    Keep calm, keep thinking. Seek safety, be ready for rescue. The more you try, the better you're odds. Lose your hope, lose your life!

    NOTE:
    Day hikers are responsible for more Search And Rescue missions than ANY other outdoor activity BY FAR (about ONE THIRD of all SAR missions!!!). However, whether you're day hiking, distance hiking, wilderness hiking or bushwhacking, ALWAYS follow The Five Essential Steps: 1- Plan (heavy on research), 2- Prepare (pack proper gear and supplies starting with a smartphone and water), 3- Proficiency (be PHYSICALLY ready and have the necessary knowledge, skills, experience), 4- Backups (tell at least two
    people where you're going and when you'll be back, take other reasonable precautions/gear starting with a smartphone), and 5- Basic Survival (understand the basic survival strategies and concepts). For good measure, also follow The Five Basic Skills: 6- Signaling, 7- Sheltering, 8- Fire, 9- Water, 10- Food.

  • All this and nothing about if you gotta number 2??? LOL

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