Day Hike Packing Checklist

Our packing lists are designed to be thorough - you should always consider your specific trip plans and weather and add or remove items as necessary.  If you'd like advice on what to pack for a specific trip, feel free to stop by any store location and speak to our staffers!


  • Trip plan left with someone back home
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Flashlight / Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Lighter / firestarter
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • First Aid kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Knife or multitool
  • Emergency contact device (Cell, satellite phone, SPOT)
  • Any necessary permits


  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Wool socks and liners
  • Base layers
  • Hiking pants / shorts
  • Short sleeved shirt (not cotton)
  • Long sleeved shirt (for bugs/sun)
  • Insulation appropriate for the weather (At least a midlayer, possibly toque, mitts, jacket)
  • Underwear
  • Sun Hat
  • Bandana
  • Rainwear
  • Watch


  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Water treatment
  • Garbage bag(s)

Camping Gear

  • Backpack with rain cover or liner
  • Toilet paper and trowel

You may want to bring...

  • Insect repellent
  • Lip balm
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera, plus spare batteries
  • GPS
  • Bear banger/screamer
  • Sock liners
  • Duct tape