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Packing list: Day Hikes

The Ten Essentials

Other personal gear

  • Day pack
  • 50 feet of thin rope
  • Pencil and paper
  • Trash bag/pack cover
  • Whistle and mirror/CD (for signaling)
  • Bandana (this can be cotton)
  • Personal toilet paper (in zip lock bag)
  • Gold Bond (for feet and other chafing)


Most of this you will be wearing (plus extra insulation layers in the day pack). Remember: COTTON KILLS! All clothing should be polyester or wool (that includes socks and underwear). No jeans. No cotton T-shirts. No cotton socks.

  • Shorts or zip-offs (in cold weather: long pants)
  • Short sleeve shirt
  • Socks
  • Underwear (optional)
  • Fleece or wool sweater (yes, even in summer)
  • Rain Jacket (waterproof)
  • Brimmed hat (all-around brims offer more sun protection)
  • Waterproofed Hiking boots/shoes (no sneaks, slides, Keds, etc.)
  • Long underwear (if appropriate)
  • Skull cap/warm knit hat (if appropriate)


  • Rain pants
  • Hiking poles
  • Insect repellent
  • Cellphone (but you CANNOT use it to call, text, play games, or use Internet; it is for emergencies only—or as a camera)

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Note: The first aid and survival tips provided on this site are informational only. Please seek advice from a medical professional or trained wilderness first aid expert for current best practices and techniques.