Outdoor Essentials: What To Pack For A Day Hike 

Outdoor Essentials: What to Pack for a Day Hike

AD – Day hikes can give you that break from the grind that you need so that you can feel refreshed and renewed. They’re a little outdoor escape that requires preparation but doesn’t require heavy packs for days and days of hiking. However, it’s important to be as prepared for a day hike as possible, as you want to be sure that you have everything that you need for a great experience. Here are a few essentials that you’ll want to make sure to take on your hike.

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Outdoor Essentials: What to Pack for a Day Hike

Outdoor Essentials: What To Pack For A Day Hike 


If you only bring one essential, always make it water. Hydration is a must when hiking, walking, biking, or doing anything that requires physical exertion and has you outside. Instead of carrying plastic water bottles on your hike, consider investing in a stainless steel tumbler that can fit plenty of water while also keeping your water at a cool temperature, which can be especially refreshing on a hot day. Consider how a tumbler that offers filtering features could be especially beneficial for outdoor adventures

Food and snacks

You’ll want to make sure you bring plenty of food for your day hike, as well as snacks. It’s not a bad idea to take a little more than what you’ll need on your hike, just to be safe. Hiking while hungry isn’t the best idea and while hopefully your day hike doesn’t turn into a multiple-day adventure, having extra food would help to keep you nourished, should the unexpected happen. With protein bars, trail mix, and sandwiches, you could have plenty of energy-boosting nutrients for a long hike. 

First aid kit

While you never want to have an accident on a hike, one never knows what could come up on your adventure. That’s why it’s important to think about bringing a first aid kit. Being able to quickly clean and bandage a bleeding wound could make a huge difference in your comfort and safety while out on a day hike. Medicine can help you feel less pain and can be useful until you get help. You can easily find small first aid kits at grocery stores, REI, or even pharmacies, so just make sure you pack one. It’s one of those things that you may not need, but you’ll be glad that you have it should it be required. 

Solar-powered phone charger

If you want to be sure that you can call for help, should it be required, a solar-powered phone charger can be supremely useful. It can help you keep your phone charged throughout the hike, and while maybe you’re taking a hike to disconnect from the world and be off the grid for a day, it’s important to have the ability to call for help should the need arise. It can also help you find your way out of the wilderness and make it easier for you to get to safety. A solar-powered charger helps ensure that you always have power. 

Extra layers

It may be warm in the city but once you go out on a hike (especially one in the mountains), you may find that temperatures drop, and you end up getting pretty cold. Instead of just trusting that the day is going to always stay at the temperature that you feel right now, pack a couple of light items that are designed for cooler weather so that should the temps drop on the hike, you’ll be warm and okay. Plus, as mentioned before, it’s always best to have things that you think you don’t need but would like to have should you end up needing them. 

In Conclusion

A day hike can be that perfect reset that helps you feel calm and disconnected from social media, problems, etc. But it’s important to pack the essentials so that you stay safe and free from harm while on your hike. These are just a few things to think about bringing. 

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I hope you enjoyed these tips on what to pack for a hike.

Until next time,

Gabby Abigail


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