Always plan ahead, and always be prepared. Before setting out on any hiking/camping trip it is always good to make a checklist of items you want/need to take with you. Your checklist will vary depending on the difficulty of the hike, the length of your visit and the time of year you are going.
A good starting point to any checklist is the Ten-Essentials. These are a basic set of items that are recommended for most if not all hiking/camping trips. You can usually fit the Ten-Essentials into a small daypack or fanny-pack.
- Water – Bring plenty of water and a way to purify water found on the trail.
- Food – lunch, energy bars, trail-mix, snacks, etc…
- Fire starter – lighter, matches in a waterproof container
- Compass/GPS unit – bring extra batteries for GPS units.
- Map – a map of the area and the trail you will be hiking.
- First Aid Kit
- Pocket Knife, Nylon Cord
- Clothing - Rain Jacket, Emergency Blanket, Extra Clothing
- Flashlight – bring extra batteries.
Please Note: This is a suggested list of items; please use your own judgment depending on the particular trip you are planning.
Here are some more items you may want to take on your hiking/camping trip.
- Camera and Film, Tripod
- Toilet Paper
- Signal Mirror
- Garbage Bags
- Tent, Emergency Shelter
- Cell Phone
- Hiking Stick or Trekking Pole
To help you make sure you don’t forget anything on your next hiking trip, please use our printable hiking and camping checklists.
- Hiking Checklist - (coming soon)
- Camping Checklist - (coming soon)
- Extra Checklist pages - (coming soon)