|My day hiking pack is ready to go with all the items shown and mentioned below!|
|Favorite snacks and fizzies (electrolytes)|
- Water and a purifier, electrolyte fizzies.
|This is the water system I use. All you do is screw on the filter to the water bag and you can drink through the filter or pour the water through the filter into your cup to add electrolytes before drinking.|
|The ultra light style of space blanket (Mine has been used!).|
- 1 brightly colored item.
- A small first aid kit, with bandaids, bug spray, an extra dose or two of medication you take at home, and I suggest having moleskin. I have used it for years! Cut a piece that is larger in diameter than your hot spot. Next cut a hole the size of the hot spot (discard it) and use sports tape to keep the disc in place without covering the actual blistering area. This really helps prevent a full blown, torn up, bleeding blister. The opening leaves room for swelling and protects the skin from rubbing.
|Prepackaged first aid kits are available, or self pack one. |
Mine also includes migraine meds.
- A light source like headlamp +/or flashlight.
|My Native sunglasses with flexible stems.|
- Fun items for the kids.
- A pencil and paper have come in handy.
- Make a tradition. We have a little "toast" of an adult beverage carried in a flask when we reach our destination. One time a friend made old-school chocolate, cream-filled cupcakes, frosted with a traditional white zigzag stripe across the tops for another friend's birthday. Figure out something fun! Repeat!
- A camera.
- Your dog.
- Shoes. You will surely wear them anyway, but please be sure they can stand up to the terrain you will be on. Shoes Have Soles too is a true story of an urbanite hiking in her tennies. I have learned that appropriate shoes are a safety factor. (I do carry light weight flip flops or water shoes on a carabiner on my pack to wear at the destination) Try looking at REI's shoe guidelines to help decide how much shoe you need. I also found out that for the kids, shoes matter. One came with shoes recently purchased and didn't make it in a mile before being upset about blisters! It turned out he had a growth spurt and his next pair purchased when we got home was 2 sizes larger! Check the kid's shoe fit before you go.
|A real hiker's shoe with multiple repairs needed to get through the hike!|
Italicized edit on 7/5/2015