We try to go on day hikes once a week. It’s our preferred way of exercising, and it also helps us explore our hood. We put together a day hike checklist since I am notorious for leaving things behind and losing it out in the middle of nowhere. I guess you can suck it up and consider it character building or just be prepared. Hopefully, you will also find this list helpful for any of your future day hikes.
Top 10 Day Hiking Essentials
- Lightweight Day Hike Backpack (We usually share the REI flash 18 pack)
- Sunscreen (We use this) and face sunscreen (I use this) if you have sensitive skin like me.
- One Liter of Water (We each take these or share this filled at 2L if we need to be on a faster pace hike.)
- Snacks (These are our current fave and it’s a toss up between almond & apricot or almond & coconut.)
- Toilet paper bc sometimes you gotta go when you gotta go. (Also this is optional but comes in handy for females)
- Hand sanitizer (same reason as the TP). Is it weird that I like these baby ones? It doesn’t dry up your hands!
- Hat to keep the sun off your face (I take this with me 50% of the time but I know I should take better care of my skin.)
- Hiking Shoes (After trying on dozens of pairs, I found these, and Jacob has had these for a while. No complaints.)
- Quick Dry Tees (I recently started buying these in every color since they fit nicely. Usually quick dry tees have weird fits.)
- Hiking Convertible Pants (We have several from here. I know they aren’t the cutest, but screw it, they do the job.)
- Camera (We usually take our 5d Mark III and 35/1.4L, but sometimes it’s good to just be present & enjoy the hike.)
- Compass & Map for when you get lost or maybe “an inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered” – Chesterton.
- Extra Layers (We both love and own a variety of these patagonia capilene layers.)
- Rain jackets depending on where you are hiking. (We have these: women’s & men’s, but haven’t been used much in Nevada).
- Trekking poles if there’s a ton of elevation change (I use these since I am petite). They really save your knees.
- Extra socks if you are on a full-day hike. Changing socks mid-way can make a huge difference. (We use smartwool.)
- Emergency kit we usually never take one with us and we’ve never needed to, but it’s good to be safe.
- Flask to enjoy a drink with a view.
Check out some awesome day hikes we’ve been on:
- Half Dome at Yosemite National Park
- Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park
- Hoh Rainforest Trail Olympic National Park
Now that you’ve seen what’s in my bag, what’s in your bag?
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I have a quick question about the boots. Do you only recommend this boots for day hiking trips? Also, do you recommend them for a summer/ fall trip to Iceland? Hope to hear back from you.
If you are doing really easy hikes, than hiking boots aren’t necessary. Either way, I like to be prepared for any type of terrain. They should be good for a summer / fall trip. How late in the fall are you going? If you go late fall, there’s a chance you might run into snow. Then I would recommend the higher boot and/or gators to keep the snow out. Otherwise, these are great!
Aren’t those Platypus bladders and bottles the best!? That’s what we use for backpacking and we have their gravity works filter for our over night trips. I really should use sunscreen…but I rarely think about it. You’ve got a great list here!
Thank you Paige! We really love them!! They’re so convenient and take up so much less space. :) I feel like everyone should use the collapsible bottles in everyday life & we just love platypus products in general. We buy a lot of them and usually give them to people as gifts. Hopefully, they like them as much as we do!
Are the coconut/almond Kind bars not so good! I’m really not a hiking kind of girl but these are some great tips! I always pack sunscreen when we travel b/c we are outside so much more than during a normal day.
Thanks! :D I like the coconut/almond’s flavor a lot, but I feel like it’s drier compared to the almond apricot. Have you tried that one? I never worried about sunscreen before, but now I’m always conscious of it. that buzfeed list signs you know you’re almost 30 is so true (http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/30-signs-youre-almost-30)
love this list and thank you for sharing it!!! (also, LOVE your tattoo’s on your neck, so beautiful!)
You’re welcome. :) Hope it’s helpful.. & Thank you! I just got it in February before we moved out of LA.
love this! I have a similar backpack from REI that I love. And I don’t care how nerdy it, I LOVE my convertible pants!
haha yeah.. I pretty much don’t care either. I can be form over function about anything else.. but when it comes to doing things outdoors, i just want what will make it easier on me! :) *high five*