What to pack for a hike!

The day pack I picked up at Meijer has really come in handy for my recent adventures. With each trip I learn new tricks, techniques, and lessons that help the next trek run smoother, safer, and less stressful. From my experience I have ultimately learned that nature is unpredictable, and it’s always important to be prepared no matter the situation!

Packing for a hike all depends on what kind of trail you plan to embark on. Below is a list of essential items that I always carry in my pack, even if I’m merely hiking a few miles in a local state park.

1. Water: never underestimate dehydration. It is especially important to pack an efficient amount of water for yourself if you’re heading out on a trail that will take the day to complete. From experience I’ve learned that it’s never a good time running out of water halfway through a hike. When you think you’ve packed enough, pack more.

2. Insect Repellant: I have different repellants for different occasions. Make sure that you pack a repellant that will be strong enough to protect you in your desired hiking location.

3. Sunscreen: Even if it’s a cloudy day, still keep a travel sized bottle in your pack just in case.

4. Rain Jacket/Poncho: You’ll thank yourself later when you’re staying dry in the woods during an unexpected downpour.

5. Headlamp/Flashlight: Perhaps the hike has taken you a lot longer than you’ve anticipated, having something to light your way in case you’re still out on the trail after dark, is definitely important! 

6. Hat: Just some extra protection from the elements!

7. Sunglasses: Because sun light blazing in your eyes is just plain annoying!

It’s also important to keep some emergency items with you. You never know what may happen, and on some hiking trails, there’s no gps or cell service to assist you. 

1. Compass

2. Matches

3. Pocket Knife

4. Flashlight Batteries

5. Inhaler, or other needed medications

6. Glasses/ extra contacts

7. Tissue

8. Ace Wrap

9. Trail Mix or Snacks

When packing your items, keep in mind that you want your bag to be as light as possible, but remember, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared! Happy Hiking!