Here is a list of items that you should carry with you every time you head out for a hike. It’s been adjusted over the years but here’s where we are today. Familiarize yourself with these items and know how to use them before heading out.
Map, compass, altimeter, GPS device, personal locator beacon (PLB) or satellite messenger. Do not solely rely on your phone for directions.
or flashlight. Pack a light source and extra batteries.
Sunglasses, sun-protective clothes, and sunscreen, even with cloud cover.
first aid kit
including foot care insect repellent (as needed). Make sure the supplies in your kit are stocked and you know how to use them before hitting the trail.
Plus a gear repair kit. Duct tape works wonders.
Matches, lighter, tinder, glasses.
Can be a light emergency bivy.
Pack calorie-dense foods to help re-fuel yourself while hiking and pack extra in case you are out longer than expected.
Plan for .5L/hour in moderate temperatures/terrain.
Dress in layers to adjust to changing weather and activity levels.
Bonus: Pack extra plastic bags to help the environment and pick up someone else’s trash or dog poop.