Day Hike Checklist

The Ten Essentials

The Ten Essentials is a list of essential items hiking authorities promote as recommended for safe travel in the backcountry. However, many expert hikers do not always carry all the items.

  1. Map & Compass (GPS optional)
  2. Headlamp or Flashlight (extra batteries/light bulb)
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Sun Protection – Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses
  5. Extra clothes – jacket, rain gears, hat
  6. Fire – matches, lighter, fire starter
  7. Knife or Multi-tool, duct tape
  8. Extra foods
  9. Hydration – water bottles, emergency water treatment
  10. Emergency shelter – emergency blanket, large trash bags

Beyond the Ten Essentials

  1. Day Pack
  2. Trekking poles
  3. Insect repellent (Seasonal)
  4. Toilet paper, trowel
  5. Hand sanitizer
  6. 2-way radios
  7. Satellite phone
  8. Energy food, drink mix
  9. Field guidebook – plants, birds, animals
  10. Note pad, pen/pencil
  11. Trash bags

Not every expedition will require the use of an essential item. Carrying these basic items improves the chances that one is prepared for an unexpected emergency in the outdoors.

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