Day Hiking Essentials

As most of us when we start hiking we wing it. Its only after a few mistakes that we realize the importance of having a good pack even on small day hikes. Its my hope with this article to save you from those mistakes.


First you need to understand the terrain your hiking in as well as the weather. If its a very hot day or the hike has heavy incline this changes what you need to pack. Just a reminder, the temperature in your home location means nothing if you’re hiking far away from that. Also the higher you hike the colder the temperatures will be also. The higher you are up sunscreen becomes even more important.


For a normal day hike in a non summer day water is perfectly fine. How much you need to bring of course greatly depends on temperatures, inclination but also your own personal requirements. It can be tough to decide since you don’t want to run out of water, but you also don’t want to come back with liters of water. Although if you do consider the fact that you just lugged all this water which means you had a better workout.

A general good recommendation is to bring about half a liter of water per hour of moderate activity in moderate temperatures.


Good types of food to bring on hikes are:

  • Various fruits
  • Protein bars
  • Beef Jerky
  • Sandwiches.

To read the remainder of the article please go to this article on essentials to bring on a day hike.

Author: Michael Balle Hansen

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