A Hiking Checklist for a Fun And Safe Trip


Every hiker must prepare a checklist before they embark on their adventurous journey. A basic draft of the checklist should include:

1. Navigation


GPS (optional)

Map (with protective case)

Altimeter (optional)

2. Sun protection



Lip balm

3. Insulation

Jacket, pants, vest, gloves, hat

4. Illumination

Flashlight or Headlamp


5. First-aid supplies

First-aid kit

6. Fire

Waterproof container

Matches or lighter

Fire starter in case of emergency

7. Repair kit and tools


Repair kits for mattress, stove

8. Nutrition

Food supply

9. Hydration

Water bottles

Water filter

10. Emergency shelter

Tent, bivy, tarp or reflective blanket

Other essentials apart from the 10 listed above are:

Pack cover


Daypack or summit pack

Tent-pole repair sleeve

Tent, bivy sack or tarp (with stakes, guylines)

Footprint (if required for tent)

Stuff sack or compression sack

Sleeping bag

Pillow or stuffable pillow case

Sleeping pad

Whistle (plus signaling mirror)

Trekking poles

Multifunction watch with altimeter


Ice axe

Energy beverages or drink mixes

Energy food (bars, chews, gels, trail mix)


Cookset (with pot grabber)


Dishes or bowls


Packable lantern

Bear canister (or hang bags for food)

Cups (measuring cups)

Backup water treatment

Nylon cord (50′ for hanging food)

Collapsible sink or container

The clothing item that is to be carried depends on the weather. For warm weather:

Wicking underwear

Long-sleeve shirt

Wicking T-shirt

Quick-drying pants or shorts

Bandana or Buff

Sun-shielding hat

Cool weather:

Wicking long underwear

Wicking long-sleeve T-shirt

Gloves or mittens

Fleece jacket or vest, and pants

Hat, cap, skullcap, balaclava or headband


Carrying the right footwear is very important. The last list of foot wear and other personal items includes hiking shoes, socks, spare flip flops, cameras, hand sanitizer and insect repellent sprays.


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