September 21, 2017

Hiking Checklist

Day Hiking Checklist

Note: This list is intentionally extensive. Not every person will carry every item on every day hike.

Helpful Pre-hike Hints:

  • Check that shoes soles are fully intact before hike
  • Clip toenails straight across and short

The Ten Essentials (for safety, survival and basic comfort)

1. Navigation

  •   Map (with protective case)
  •   Matches or lighter
  •   Compass
  •   GPS (optional)

2. Sun protection

  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses

3. Insulation

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

4. Illumination

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

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

6. Fire

  • Waterproof container
  • Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)

7. Repair kit and tools

  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Duct tape strips; repair items as needed

8. Nutrition

  • Extra day’s supply of food

9. Hydration

  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Water filter or other treatment system
  • Electrolytes

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
  • Quick-dry towel
  • 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
  • Bag for collecting trash
  • Post-hike snacks, water, towel, clothing change
  • Trip itinerary left w/friend + under car seat

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Warm weather clothing options

  • Wicking T-shirt
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts “or zip-off”
  • 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)

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Footwear

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

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First-Aid Checklist

Basic Care: Prepackaged first-aid kits available at REI typically contain many of the following items:

Comprehensive Care: Carry all of the basic items listed above; add items below based on anticipated needs.

Note: The list below is intentionally extensive; rarely will a single kit include every item shown here.

Wound Coverings

Medications/Treatments

First-aid

  • Knife (or multitool with knife)
  • Paramedic shears (blunt-tip scissors)
  • Safety razor blade (or scalpel w/#15 or #12 blade)
  • Finger splint(s)
  • SAM splint(s)
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Standard oral thermometer
  • Low-reading (hypothermia) thermometer
  • Irrigation syringe with 18-gauge catheter
  • Magnifying glass
  • Small mirror
  • Medical/surgical gloves (nitrile preferred; avoid latex)
  • Triangular cravat bandage
  • Steel sewing needle with heavy-duty thread
  • Needle-nose pliers with wire cutter
  • Headlamp (preferred) or flashlight
  • Whistle (pealess preferred)
  • Duct tape (small roll)
  • Small notepad with waterproof pencil or pen
  • Medical waste bag (plus box for sharp items)
  • Waterproof container to hold supplies and meds
  • Emergency heat-reflecting blanket
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Personal Care, Other Items

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