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Hiking Essentials Checklist

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Wishing you brought an item you left at home while hiking can take a toll on the entire trip. Go through this checklist to ensure a safe and memorable hike!

  • Hiking Essentials List
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothing and layers
  • Hiking backpack
  • Weather-appropriate, non-cotton clothing
  • Sturdy hiking footwear
  • Waterproof/breathable jacket
  • Thermal socks
  • Binoculars
  • Whistle
  • Navigation tools (map, compass)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, lip balm)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
  • Powerbank and cord for electronic devices
  • Phone/camera
  • Firestarter (matches, lighter, magnifying glass)
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Toilet paper
  • First-aid kit
  • Medication
  • Repair kit and tools
  • Trash bag
  • Guidebook/description of the trail
  • Identification and money


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