We created an extensive checklist (Feel Free to Copy/Paste or Print) on all the gear necessary for a successful day hike deep in the backcountry. The list has many items that you may not need if your hiking close to populated areas where help is close by. We did this for the purposes of giving you ample options of gear for those places where being self-sufficient is important to your survival ...

Hiking Gear

  • Daypack
  • Trekking Poles

  • Pike Trail Pocket Blanket (ground tarp)


  • Map
  • Compass
  • Route Description/Guidebook
  • Altimeter watch
  • GPS
  • Satellite messenger and/or personal locator beacon

Tools & Repairs

  • Multi-Tool with knife 
  • Small gear repair kit


  • Hiking Boots or Hiking Shoes depending on Terrain
  • Pike Trail Waterproof & Breathable Socks
  • Moisture-Wicking Underwear
  • Moisture-Wicking T-Shirts
  • Quick-Drying Pants/Shorts
  • Long Sleeve UV Protected Shirts for Sun & Bugs

      Additional Items Climate Dependent

    • Light Jacket or Fleece
    • Warm Insulated Jacket or Vest
    • Rainwear (jacket and pants)
    • Long Underwear
    • Fleece Pants
    • Gloves or Mittens
    • Stocking Cap 

    • Bandana or Buff

    • Pike Trail Adjustable Hiking Gaiters  (for rainy, snowy, or muddy conditions)               

     Food & Water

  • Water bottles, bladder or reservoir
  • Water filter/purifier
  • Trail snacks
  • Lunch
  • Extra day's supply of food

     Emergency Items

  • First-aid kit
  • Fire starter, matches, lighter
  • Emergency Shelter 
  • Whistle
  • Mini Flash Light
  • Two itineraries: 1 left with friend or family member + 1 under car seat

     Personal Items

  • Credit card and cash
  • Photo ID
  • Cellphone


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