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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