Packing List: Day Hiking
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One of the best things about a day hike: You don't need to bring too much. A few hours and you'll likely need little more than a few liters of water, a jacket, a snack, and something to carry it all. Longer outings typically mean the same gear, just a bit more foodbreak up the day by packing a sandwich from your favorite deli for lunch.
The best strategy is to check the weather reports before going out, and pack accordingly. To help in that pursuit, the list below covers just about everything you'd need for a day-long outing. And when it comes to clothing, no cotton. If you get wet, it'll take the duration of your hike to dry.
2 one-liter water bottles
Map, trail directions, or guidebook
Trail-running shoes or hiking boots
Wicking T-shirt (or long-sleeve if colder)
Fleece jacket (or vest if warmer)
Synthetic pants/shorts (or convertible pants)
Rain/wind jacket and pants
Food (snacks, trail mix, energy bars, or lunch)
Camera and film
*Indicates optional/depending on climate and geography
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication