Hiking Checklists

THE TEN ESSENTIALS

  1. Navigation: map, compass, altimeter, GPS device, personal locator beacon (PLB) or satellite messenger ~ Shop compasses
  2. Headlamp: plus extra batteries ~ Shop headlamps
  3. Sun protection: sunglasses, sun-protective clothes and sunscreen ~ Shop sun protection
  4. First aid including foot care and insect repellent (as needed) ~ Shop first aid
  5. Knife plus a gear repair kit ~ Shop knives
  6. Fire matches, lighter, tinder and/or stove ~ Shop fire-starting gear
  7. Shelter carried at all times (can be a light emergency bivy) ~ Shop shelters
  8. Extra food (beyond the minimum expectation) ~ Shop food
  9. Extra water (beyond the minimum expectation) ~ Shop water bottles and treatment
  10. Extra clothes (beyond the minimum expectation) ~ Shop clothing

THE HIKER 101 CHECKLIST: SHORT DAY-HIKE

  1. Footwear [Boots/icers/dry or waterproof]
  2. Water [1-2 litres]
  3. Snacks [ 1/hour]
  4. Map(s)/Route information
  5. Hat/Sunscreen
  6. Bug repellant [Icaridin/DEET]
  7. ID/Money/Emergency contact
  8. Watch
  9. Cellphone [100% charged]
  10. Warm/dry layer
  11. Raingear [jacket/pants/pocket poncho]
  12. Handkerchief
  13. First Aid [EpiPen, meds, tick tool]
  14. Poles

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