What to Pack for a Day Hike

by Callum Allan on Dec 05, 2022

What to Pack for a Day Hike

A day hike can be incredibly rewarding, but you need to make sure that you are prepared. Bringing the right items with you will ensure that your hiking trip is enjoyable and safe. Here’s what you should bring with you on a hike. 


Must-Bring Items 

The most important items to bring on any hike are water and food. You should always pack enough water for yourself, which means bringing 1 litre per person per hour of hiking. Bring food that provides long-lasting energy like nuts, granola bars, or sandwiches. 


You should also wear comfortable yet supportive clothing suitable for the weather conditions. It’s a good idea to wear layers so that if it gets too hot or cold during the day, you can easily adjust your outfit accordingly. Don’t forget your hiking shoes! Make sure they fit well and provide good ankle support. 


Other Essentials 

In addition to the must-have items mentioned above, there are some other things that can come in handy during a hike. Make sure to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and hand sanitiser just in case! If it’s going to get dark before you finish your hike, don’t forget a flashlight or headlamp (with extra batteries). It’s also smart to bring a first aid kit with basic supplies like bandages and antiseptic wipes—just in case! Finally, if your phone has service where you plan on hiking, make sure to bring it along with an external charger in case of emergency (or just in case you want to take some great pictures!). 



A day hike is an excellent way to spend the day outdoors and get active while enjoying nature—but only if you are prepared! Make sure that when packing for your next outdoor adventure, you include all of the necessary items like food, water, and supportive shoes along with some extras such as sunscreen and insect repellent. With these tips in mind, your next outdoor excursion will be both enjoyable and safe!