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Get Outside: A Day Hiking Checklist

Get Outside: A Day Hiking Checklist

The Ten Essentials

For safety, survival and basic comfort:

1. Navigation

•  Map (with protective case)
•  Compass
•  GPS (optional)
•  Altimeter (optional)

2. Sun protection

•  Sunscreen
•  Lip balm
•  Sunglasses

3. Insulation

•  Jacket, vest, pants, long underwear, gloves, hat (see Clothing)

4. Illumination

•  Headlamp or flashlight
•  Extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

•  First-aid kit (see our First-Aid Checklist)

6. Fire

•  Matches or lighter
•  Waterproof container
•  Fire starter (for emergency survival fire)

7. Repair kit and tools

•  Knife or multi-tool
•  Kits for stove, mattress; duct tape strips

8. Nutrition

•  Extra day's supply of food

9. Hydration

•  Water bottles or hydration system
•  Water filter or other treatment system

10. Emergency shelter

• Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket

Beyond the Ten Essentials


Warm Weather Clothing Options

  • Wicking T-shirt
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirt (for bugs, sun)
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Insulating fleece jacket or vest
  • Bandana or Buff
  • Mosquito net clothing
  • _____________________

Cool Weather Clothing Options

  • Wicking long-sleeve T-shirt
  • Wicking long underwear
  • Hat, cap or headband (synthetic or wool)
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Insulating fleece jacket (or vest) and pants
  • Rain jacket (or soft shell and waterproof hat)
  • Rain pants (or soft-shell pants)
  • _____________________

Photo Credit

Winter Warmers

Winter Warmers

Future of Forestry: An Interview With Eric Owyoung, Part III

Future of Forestry: An Interview With Eric Owyoung, Part III