Check It Off
- Baby wipes/sanitary wipes/hand sanitizer
- Backpack/daypack/fanny pack
- Fully charged cell phone
- Hat (baseball style or wide-brimmed)
- Insect repellent (spray or lotion)
- Plastic baggie (to carry out any trash)
- Snacks/lunch (pack extra!)
- Sunblock & lip balm with sunblock
- Water bottle/canteen/Camelback
- Bandana or multiuse head wrap
- Multipurpose knife
- Flashlight or headlamp (with new batteries)
- Trekking poles
Expect up to a 10 degree temperature drop if you are headed to a higher elevation. In the warm summer and fall months this might seem ideal, but in the winter 10 degrees can be the difference between needing to add an extra layer of clothing.
2. Fuel and hydrate properly before you head out. You filled your water bottle and have trail mix in your pack. But have you had breakfast and a big glass of h2o today?
Think eggs, fruit and toast or oatmeal with dried fruit and Greek yogurt. If you are planning a half-day or longer hike you should swap your water for an electrolyte drink.