Thursday evenings are mostly spent finishing packing my backpack for an adventure for the weekend. I usually begin packing earlier in the week, some of my stuff is even packed from another trip; but this helps me decide if I need to make a trip to the store if I am missing anything. Since I work full time, most of these hiking trips are day trips or a quick overnight trip; this in turn means that we leave either Friday night or Saturday before anyone thinks of waking up since it’s a weekend.
I used to run into occasions where I would forget an item or two that I should have packed or wanted to pack. Over the years I’ve compiled a list that contains everything I would potentially take on any kind of hiking trip, one night, two night, day, etc. Depending on what type of trip, I change the packing list to go with what kind of hike I will be going on. It was very interesting to see the items I always pack when I go on any of these hiking trips.
*By no means is this list everything I take on my hikes, these are just items that I noticed always join me on my adventures. There are plenty of other items that can be packed, check out what else is in my backpack.
Backpack – Whether it be a day pack or an overnight pack, this is something I always pack on. To go hiking, you will need to purchase a backpack that will be comfortable for you and the type of hiking you will be doing.
|Osprey 65 L Backpacking Backpack||Osprey 10L Hydration Pack||Cotopaxi Luzon 18L Dia Daypack|
|Overnight backpack||Day hike backpack||Day hike backpack|
So you may ask, do you ever go hiking without a backpack? No, I honestly feel like somethings missing if I go hiking without a backpack. The items you carry in your backpack may even save your life if something happens. But what about if I go for a trail run? You will still need water, so any type of hydration pack where you can fit some necessities would go perfectly for that type of adventure.
GPS Satellite Communicator and/or GPS Watch – I honestly will never go without these on any adventure. If you aren’t someone who owns one of these but goes out on backpacking trips or local hikes without cell reception, I definitely recommend buying the Garmin inReach. The Garmin watch is a plus and I actually use this for daily workouts too (running, swimming, elliptical, weights). It has map settings too that I can put on if we’re out of cell phone range. There are different variations of this watch and is very similar to smart watches.
|Garmin inReach Explorer+||Garmin inReach Mini GPS||Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Watch|
|Satellite communicator, maps and gps navigation||Smaller version on the Explorer+||Multisport GPS Watch, TOPO Maps, Garmin Pay, Music|
Compass & Map – These are one of the 10 essentials in hiking that most people think they do not need. I can’t say I’ve ever ran into a moment where I was in trouble and needed to a compass, but I have definitely run into many instances where I’ve needed the map as a resource instead of the gps. I find comfort in the map, because you can see a larger area than on a small electronic device. Add these to your packs when you’re headed out for a hike!
|Compass||Tom Harrison Maps||Protection Paracord Bracelet|
|Simple navigating tool||Topographic Maps||Compass, fire starter, emergency knife & whistle|
Sunscreen & Hat – Did you know you can get a sunburn in the snow too or even when it’s cloudy? Always take extra sunscreen and a hat for sun protection.
|Carabiner Sunscreens||Columbia Sun Protection Hat||taking it easy retro trucker cap|
|very easy to clip to pack||another hat option||Hat design created by our company, Twinted, Inc.|
Hydration Reservoir & hydration tablets – This is another necessity on any hike you will go on, you need to take water and extra if you need. The other item I like to take along on all our hikes are hydration tablets that have electrolytes. This helps me especially on the longer hikes and backpacking trips.
|Osprey Hydraulics LT Reservoir||Nuun Electrolyte Tablets|
|2.5-3.0L are the best||mixes easily with water|
Headlamp & Hiking Poles – The headlamp is an extra must, because you will never know how long a hike can take you unless you are on it and doing it; this would be ideal for any emergency situation you may run into on hike. As I’ve gotten older, I have opted to bring my hiking poles everywhere. I’ve noticed my pace is better with them and saves my knees for the downhill.
|Black Diamond Storm Headlamp||Flash Carbon Trekking Poles|
|battery operated, bring extra batteries||lightweight, collapsible|
First Aid Kit & Emergency Blanket – these come with me on every hike and I recommend everyone takes with them.
|Adventure Medical UL Kit||SOL Emergency Bivvy|
|Ultralight Medical Kit||Emergency shelter|
Extra Food & Clothes – Never go out into the wilderness without extra food and extra clothes. I’ve definitely had instances where I was happy that I brought extra food and clothes with me, because sometimes things just don’t go as planned. We had a hike that turned out to be 15 miles, not only did I need the extra food, but I also needed to change out of a shirt that I wore, because it was soaking wet and was making me cold. Be prepared when you go out there.
|StarKist Salmon Creations||Honey Stinger Organic Waffle||To-Go Wrap||Extra clothes|
|I always pack a couple extras of these for the hike. Lemon Dill is the best one.||150 calories for 1 waffle, for it’s weight and size perfect as an addition||I always pack one or two of these depending on the hike||Depending on weather, always take extra clothes to change into or add on|
Hope you guys enjoyed this and get inspired to go outside to hike or backpack. Let me know if you have any questions or need ideas for what else to take on the trail.
Annette – Beyond Limits on Foot
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