What/How To Pack

#Gear – What to pack for a day hike!

I will preface this list with saying, this is an ever evolving list. As I learn and gain more experience I every so slightly change what I am carrying. This list also changes with the weather and area we are hiking.


Day Pack:

  • Osprey Mira 26L Pack
    • I like these packs because:
      • The frames keep your back cool and the weight off your back!
      • The hip pockets are large enough for the essentials like a snack
      • They came with a 3L Osprey bladder!
    • The only con I have with this pack is that when you are going on a trip (like a flight) they do not fold or fit in another bag easily. These winds up being my carry on item if we fly with them.


  • 3L Bladder
  • 1 or 2 Electrolyte packets (Especially in the summer!)
Osprey Bladder with in-line Sawyer Mini
3L Osprey Bladder with in-line Sawyer Mini


  • 3-5 Snacks (This depends on the length of the hike)
    • My snacks normally include:
      • 1 or 2 Cliff Bars
      • Granola Bar
      • Peanut Butter/Nut Butter Packet
      • Zipblock with Nuts/Seeds
      • Fruit Snack/Candy
      • Kids Squeeze Apple Sauce <– Zack does NOT agree with this choice, he thinks they are too heavy for their energy, but they make me happy so I carry 1!
      • For longer day hikes I will bring Tuna and a Tortilla or Chips/Cracker


  • Matches and or Igniter
  • Drugs: Benadryl, Advil, Musinex, Pepto
  • Sunscreen Packet
  • Bug Spray
  • Paracord
  • Toilet Paper/Tissues
  • Tampons (because you never know!)
  • Floss (I get agitated when I get something stuck in my teeth, I don’t want that on a 14 miles hike)
  • Aluminium Bivy Sack
    • I carry a 2 person one because I usually hike with at least 1 human or large dog. I will even carry this in the summer.
  • Head Lamp – Even for a day hike, because you again never know what will happen
Safety Items!


  • Wearing (Head to Toe):
    • Baseball Hat
    • Sports Bra
    • Quick Dry T-Shirt
    • Quick Dry Long Sleeve – I am a fan of the quarter zip, allows for a little flexibly
    • Quick Dry Undies
    • Either Leggings or Hiking Pants
    • Wool Socks – Either Smart Wool or Darn Tough
    • Oboz Boots
  • Carrying:
    • Wool Hat (like this one from Coal)
    • Sunglasses
    • Packed — Buff 
    • Fleece Vest (Weather Dependent)
    • Rain Jacket
    • Pack-able Down Jacket – I carry this on any hike with elevation


  • Hiking Poles
  • Knife
  • Cook Setup, Cups, Spork – If we think we will want a hot meal or hot drink on the hike!

PS. I will say that I lean on the side of caution. If you have read any of my hike posts, you will see things can go wrong when you least expect them to. I am happy to be in the camp that carries something 100 times and never needs it, instead of having an emergency and not having what I need to stay safe. 

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