What’s in my backpack: Day Hike Edition

Hey guys! It’s that time of the week again. So you’re getting ready for an upcoming hiking trip?  You still don’t know where to start with packing your day bag for your hike. I’m here to help! 

First off, don’t overthink it! This list of essentials will help ease your mind. You will be prepared for this hike with just a couple of items. Whether you’re a beginner or experiences I love a good checklist. 

It can be easy to take more than necessary but that’s going to slow you down and cause you to be uncomfortable on your hike. First off, a day hike is just that a day hike! It’s nice to have certain things on had to be safe but you will be making your way back to camp. 

Small Backpack 

Nothing fancy. A basic day bag will do the trick or a basic “school” backpack. This is my Backpack! I prefer one with a strap around the waist to support my back.  

Trekking Poles

Depending on the trail this may vary. The trip we have upcoming is very steep in certain areas. They could also come in handy if you find yourself injured. Do some research on your trial ahead of time if you can. 

First Aid

Goes without saying. If you get injured you’ll want a first aid on hand. Whether you need a bandaid or to clean a scrape.  

Rain Jacket/Dry bag 

I know most places aren’t as bad as Florida when it comes to rain but it can happen. You don’t want to not have one with you. Rain jackets are typically pretty easy to toss in your bag. But if you do get water or have an item that you’d like to avoid getting wet a waterproof dry bag would be great!


It is very easy to get lost depending on how popular your trial is. Especially if you e decided to go backcountry hiking. Having these things will literally keep you on track. 

Head Lamp

Just in case you end up getting back a bit later than expect it can’t hurt to have handy. They don’t take up much space either. 


Always, always, always wear sunscreen! You are going to be outside sometimes for hours at a time. Skin damage is real. 


Hydration is key during your hike. Most hiking bags come with a “bladder” that holds anywhere between 1L-3L of water. If your bag can’t hold this. A big canister of water would be wise to bring along. 


You want to make sure if you are going to be gone all day you pack lunch or plenty of snacks. Avoid junk food. Peanut butter, Protein bars, Pretzel, and Trail mix are some of my favorites.

Bug spray 

I have extremely sensitive skin. There are a lot of brands out there. Make sure you are getting something for mosquitos, chiggers, and ticks. I personally prefer products without deets. 


If for whatever reason you’re hiking by yourself and become injured and are unable to move easily. This would be a great item to have in your backpack that also does not take up too much space. Whistle frequencies are a lot easier to hear then yelling.

Extra layers 

As you make your way up the mountain or even the closer to midday you get, you may notice you need a jacket. I think spate socks are also a good idea. They might get wet. But could also be used as an extra layer if you start to notice you’re getting blisters.

Where are you going on your next trip? Let me know in the comments. 

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