What to pack for a day hike

Two people sitting beneath some trees on hiking trip

Knowing what to pack for a day hike is key for a stress-free adventure. Our handy checklist covers the key essentials to pack, for a hassle-free hike in the Great Outdoors.


Checklist on what to pack for a day hike

  • Waterproof rucksack or backpack
  • Hiking boot and socks (+ spare pair of socks)
  • Trekking poles
  • Waterproof clothing (this includes a lightweight rain jacket/poncho, rain pants and synthetic/wool tops or fleece)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat, neck warmer and gloves (if hiking in autumn/winter)
  • A bottle of water (2 quarts per hiker) + energy drinks
  • Vacuum flask & enamel cup (for hot tea/coffee or soup)
  • Lunchbox (pack yours with carbs, protein and lots of nutrition!)
  • High energy snacks
  • Trail map
  • Compass
  • Swiss Army knife
  • A flashlight or headlamp
  • Paper and pen
  • Box of waterproof matches
  • A whistle (ensure any children carry one too)
  • Binoculars
  • Portable charger
  • Camera (if you’re into photography)
  • High factor sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Duct tape (to patch up damaged boots, tents, etc)
  • Emergency foil blanket
  • Quick-drying microfibre towel
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand wipes
  • Travel First Aid kit
  • Pocket tissues
  • Picnic blanket with waterproof side
  • Waste bag

Plus these post-hike necessities (to be kept in the car)

  • A fresh set of clothing
  • Food and snacks
  • List of contact telephone numbers

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