What to Take on a Day Hike
Going on a hike can be a fun and relaxing time for families and friends. There is nothing quite like
heading to the trail and breathing in that fresh air. You should come prepared, though, in order to make
sure you have a good of a time as you can! Here are some tips for taking what you need on a hike.
What to Take on a Hike
Plenty of water for everyone. This may mean that everyone needs to carry their own, but it is vitally
important that you stay hydrated when outdoors in the heat doing any exercise. Depending on how far
or how long you intend to go, one bottle of water may not be enough. Pack accordingly.
A mini-first aid kit. You never know what will happen when you are outdoors. You don’t need to pack a
bunch of things in your mini first aid kit, but be sure to pack some tweezers (for splinters), bandages in
a couple different sizes, anti-bacterial ointment, an ace bandage, an instant ice pack, bug spray and bug
Sunscreen. This is especially important if you intend to be out for a while or your hike is long. You may
sweat and although many sunscreens are now waterproof, you will still need to apply more as the day
goes on just to be sure you are well covered.
High protein and high carb snacks. Things like cliff bars, shelf stable meat, jerky, cheese and crackers and
granola bars are great for hikes. They are portable, don’t take up much room and give your body what it
needs to keep going.
A map of the area you are hiking. Even if you are very familiar with the trail, it is always a good idea to
bring a map. You never know what can happen, so be prepared.
Extra socks for everyone. The weather is an unpredictable force to be reckoned with and especially at
higher elevations; a nice sunny day can suddenly become a rainy or even snowy one. Making sure you
have dry socks to wear will be important not only for comfort but for safety and will keep the chance of
blisters down to a minimum.
Sunglasses and lip balm. Just as important as taking care of your skin in the sun is taking care of your
eyes and lips. It will be easier for you to see without glares and it will protect your eyes from harmful
UVB rays. Also, it is easy to get dry lips when at higher elevations due to decreased hydration and wind.
A flashlight or headlamp. While you may intend on going out just for the day and heading back before
it gets dark, it is easy to get lost in time when hiking as you will probably be having a lot of fun. Take
headlamps or flashlights for everyone in your party so getting back at dusk is much easier.
Cold weather clothing options. Even if it is warm now, it could turn cooler as you head higher up and as
the day gets later. Make sure to bring a jacket, hat and gloves so everyone stays warm and comfortable.
Most important, have fun and enjoy making memories.