Checklist hiking

Checklist for hiking

Are you always in a hurry packing all your stuff for your travels? Or are you just curious what other people take along on their hikes? We created a checklist that helps you pack the right stuff for your travel. It is a large list and not everything is needed for every backpacking trip, its all up to you.

The hiking checklist

Some hiking gear is essential other gear is compulsory we categorized everything for you. The gear we combined in this checklist is meant to be as a basic startup to pack useful supplies, adding your own gear is always smart.

Essential gear for hiking
Item Specification
Backpack If you are going for a overnight hike it is useful to pack a lightweight backpack. Longer hikes might need another backpack. Read our backpack page for more information.
Daypack Daypack can be used to carry some basic gear like the map, compass, water bottle and food.
Sleeping bag The sleeping bag will keep you warm at night, a good night of rest gives more energy in the day.
Tent With a camping tent you don’t have to make your own shelter and it keeps you dry at night.
Compass Most phones have a compass that works without a signal but not without a battery, take care and bring a compass that works on gravity.
Map Mapping your route is essential for you tracking. Use a phone or GPS to pinpoint your location. Simple star reading isn’t that simple at all, but useful to know.
Water Take enough water and do not throw away the bottle. Your body needs over 1,5 liters of fluids a day, when you walk for many hours more water is never enough. This is a one of the must take along of this hiking gear checklist.
Water filter Out of water? Not any more, with this filter you can make drinkable water from a nasty puddle.
Water-purification tablets After you filtered the water it is wise to use a water-purification tablet, just to be sure it isn’t contaminated.
Headlamp or flashlight Take a headlamp if you are backpacking. This keeps your hand free for reading a map or walking difficult terrain.
Food Pack enough food for at least two days; even on a daytrip this is wise because if you get lost you will be able to survive a little bit longer.
Matches Not everybody can make fire with some wood and dry moss; take some matches or a lighter to be sure.
Backup Fire Starter Are the matches wet and the lighter empty, lucky you have a backup one!
First-aid kit First-aid kit is the most essential thing on this hiking gear checklist after water and food. You can clean wounds and take care of injuries with some simple medicine and bandages.
Knife/multi-purpose tool If you know how to use a knife it is always useful to take one. A multi-purpose tool is even better since it can be used for multiply purposes.
Sunscreen Tracking in the sun? Don’t forget to wear sun cream; as your body dries of dehydration the sunscreen will protect the skin.
Sunglasses Glasses don’t only look cool but they keep your eyes from getting tired of looking into sharp air.
Whistle You think you don’t need a whistle? Think about the moment in the titanic movie when the female blows the whistle because she is so weak she is unable to talk. This might save your life!
Insect repellent Insects are buggers and with some repellent they will stop bugging you.
Clothes and footwear
Item Specification
Hiking boots Depends on the terrain which hiking boots you should take. Read our boots description page for more detail.
Gaiters Gaiters are useful to keep the water out of your pants.
Hiking socks With hiking socks the chances on blisters is reduced significantly. Take some good strong socks that you have worn before.
Convertible nylon pants This lightweight pants can be used a shorts or full length pants. Multifunctional indeed!
Fleece jacket Fleece jackets help to keep the body warm.
Polypropylene underwear Long distances hikes can cause irritated skin, this polypropylene underwear dries fast and helps prevent irritated skin.
Hat Any kind of hat will do, the more shade it gives to your head the better.
Long-sleeved t-shirts Long sleeved shirts are always better then short sleeved, if it is to hot just roll up the sleeves.
Hooded rain jacket + pants Getting wet isn’t only annoying but also dangerous. Hypothermia is one of the main problems. You can provent this with a rain jacket and pants.
Gloves Gloves are useful for getting more grip or holding your hands warm.
Accessories and gadgets
Item Specification
Identification card Carry an identification card at all times. Additional to the ID you can carry an health insurance card.
Nylon cord Nylon is strong and can be used to build a shelter for the night or against a storm. Some 50 feet will do fine since you can re-use the nylon cord.
Plastic bags Plastic bags keep the clothes dry from rain and humidity.
Vacuum plastic bags Vacuum plastic bags reduce the space clothes take and keep them dry.
Hiking Poles Hiking poles can be used as extra stabilizers for walking difficult tracks.
Lip balm If you are dehydrating lip balm is a cure for dry lips. Take one with sun protection.
Repair/sewing kit If you trip and rip open a part of your pants or other clothing it is easy to repair with a sewing kit.
Pencil and paper With a pencil and paper you can write about your hiking.
Watch A normal watch will tell you the time and how many hours left until nightfall but these days you can get watches that function like little computers. The watches have a compass, altitude meter, humidity meter, heart rate meter and more on it.
Smartphone Don’t forget your mobile phone, in case of emergency you can always try to call.
Camera To capture the perfect moment.
GPS reader With the GPS reader you can locate your position anywhere in the world.
Field guides Field guides will tell you how to walk and what to eat when you are in need of food.
Binoculars Can be used to scope the area for signs of life.
Pocket Stove This little stove can be used to cook food. A simple campfire can do the same trick but in some places you are not allowed to make one.

Check here for a more detailled backpack checklist.

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