Hiking Checklist: What to Pack for the Trail

Often-Overlooked Essentials

Maybe it's because they don't fit into a perfect category, but these often-overlooked items are some of the most essential things you should put in your daypack.

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sunglasses
  • Matches (if you don't include them in your first aid kit, be sure to put them somewhere in your pack)
  • Multi-tool or knife
  • Bandana
  • Headlamp
  • Map, route description or guidebook
  • GPS or Compass (and the skills to use it)

More: 7 Hiking Essentials

The Fun Stuff

These may not be essential items but they can come in handy.

  • Camera
  • Trekking poles
  • Plant or animal guides for the area
  • Binoculars
  • Toilet paper (Plus a small plastic bag to carry it out)

For everything that you must remember to bring from your hiking checklist, there's one thing that you should always leave behind: a note. Make sure someone knows where you're going and when you expect to return.

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About the Author

Michelle Valenti

Michelle Valenti is the senior editor at ReserveAmerica.com. When she's not at work, you can find her climbing rocks, riding trails, and setting up camp in fun outdoor locations around the U.S. Follow her on Google+.

Michelle Valenti is the senior editor at ReserveAmerica.com. When she's not at work, you can find her climbing rocks, riding trails, and setting up camp in fun outdoor locations around the U.S. Follow her on Google+.

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