As you know, there are a few things that we simply can’t or shouldn’t go on a day hike without (depending on the length and/or difficulty), so I just wanted to make a ‘Kellz ultimate day hike packing list’ for you.
One of these things is, of course, a backpack.
My day pack is the Osprey Sirrus 36 (as in 36L). A nice size pack if you have cooking equipment and might want to take some extra food or carrying your own gear plus someone else’s. I went with this size as I like the style with the hood as well as being able to open it up from the front also. The salesman at Paddy Pallin said that most people will buy a small, cute & compact day pack and then find that it’s too small for all of their gear so I went with this one and I’m glad I did.
I have had smaller day packs and did run into that problem of having to leave things behind because they wouldn’t fit but I still do have a smaller one that I keep in my car for spontaneous hikes. Ya never know when you’ll get the urge! 😉
They usually come with a rain cover as well.
I got to use my rain cover on my last day hike as it was lightly raining when I left and when it stopped all of the shrubs I was pushing through were still soaked.
Now to the nitty-gritty of the things I would never be without on a day hike. These are just my personal must-haves.
Pictured, from left to right –
Back row – things I put inside the main part of the pack:
- Rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Food bag
- Water bladder
Things I keep in the hood
- First aid kit
- Body Glide (for blisters and/or chafing)
- Spare batteries (for my headlamp) and spare trekking pole tips in a snap-lock bag
- 2-in-1 sunscreen and insect repellant
- My purse with my ID in it and maybe some money depending on where I’m going
- My phone in a snap-lock bag if it’s rainy or it might be in my pocket or hip belt pocket
In my hip belt pockets:
- Flick knife
They are the things that I wouldn’t feel right leaving for a day hike without. Some things aren’t NECESSARY but I just like to have them with me.
Depending on the type of day hike I’m doing, there are extra things that I might want to chuck in.
- Cooking water
- Hiking kitchen (stove, lighter, pot and long-handled spork)
- Coconut water (natural electrolytes for more energy)
- Trekking poles
- Pocket trowel with toilet paper inside
- Proper camera
- PLB (personal locator beacon)
If it’s an all day hike then I might want a nice hot lunch, maybe go to the toilet somewhere and if I’m hiking where there is no phone reception then I’ll take my PLB in the case of an emergency.
For details on my kitchen stuff check out my gear update post.
Food & Snacks
I’m always trying different trail snacks but one of my most consistent choices would have to be nuts. Usually a mix I’ve made myself or some packaged flavoured nuts.
I’ve always got a packet of instant noodles in my food bag and lately, I’ve been getting those Clif bars which are pretty tasty and full of energy-boosting goodies.
If I had to prioritise my day hike packing list that I always carry in my pack in order of importance it’d probably go something like this:
- Body Glide (as I’m prone to blisters and this works the best for me)
- First Aid
- Knife (just for security and perhaps survival one day)
- Rain jacket
- Sunnies (I have very sensitive eyes)
- 2-in-1 sunscreen & insect repellant
- Fleece jacket (I feel the cold)
- Headlamp (in the case I got stuck and lost the light of day)
- Food bag
- Spare batteries
I realise this list would be a little different for everyone but that’s how I think I’d have mine.
Over To You
If you disagree with something sin the ultimate day hike packing list of mine, please comment below and tell me why. Even if you agree with what I’ve got there, comment and let me know why you think our gear lists are the same.
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