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Hiking checklist

Sun protection.

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses

The essentials.

  • Daypack (nature walks) 45L Backpack (overnight hikes)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Outdoor journal with pen/pencil
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Post-hike snacks, water, towel, clothing change
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Extra batteries

Warm weather clothing.

  • Wicking T-shirt
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirt (for bugs, sun)
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Insulating fleece jacket or vest
  • Bandana or Buff
  • Mosquito net clothing

Cool weather clothing.

  • Wicking long-sleeve T-shirt
  • Wicking long underwear
  • Hat, cap or headband (synthetic or wool)
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Insulating fleece jacket (or vest) and pants
  • Rain jacket (or soft shell and waterproof hat)
  • Rain pants (or soft-shell pants)

Footwear.

  • Boots or shoes suited to terrain
  • Socks (synthetic or wool)
  • Gaiters
  • Sandals (for river fording, trip home)
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