Ten Essentials for Your Hiking Packing List

Posted: February 28, 2018 | Author: Kevin Koontz | Read Time: 0 minutes

Students beginning their hikeHere are ten essentials you should take with you anytime you are in the outdoors. Use a daypack/backpack to carry all essential items.


  • Compass
  • Map
  • GPS (not required)

Sun Protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Glasses
  • Chapstick
  • Hat


Layers are a good way to stay warm. Choose what you bring by the area you are going)

  • Rain Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Down Jacket


  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries

First-Aid Supplies

  • First-Aid Kit


  • Lighter
  • Matches
  • Firestarter
  • Flint & Steel

Repair Tools & Kit

  • Multi-tool or Pocket Knife
  • Duct Tape


  • Trail mix
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit Leather


  • Water Bottle
  • Water Filter or other Water Treatment System

Emergency Shelter

  • Emergency Blanket
  • Tarp
  • Tent (optional for day hike)
Visit SUU Outdoors to pack for your next adventure.

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