Ten essential items for your next hiking or backpacking trip

Camping Hacks

Headed out on the trail but worried you may have overlooked something in your packing? Below are ten essential considerations for hiking, backpacking and camping; it’s a systematic approach to make sure you are prepared in the event of an emergency. Just as important, however, is knowing how to use what you bring along-ideally in advance-you’ll find some tips below to help out in that department.

1) Navigation

Items: Waterproof topographic map & compass, GPS unit with extra batteries.


2) Sun Protection

Items: Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, hat, clothing for sun protection.


3) Insulation

Items: Extra clothing for coldest possible temperatures you may encounter (hat, gloves, layers, jacket)


4) Illumination

Items: Headlamp or a flashlight with extra batteries.

5) Health

Items: First Aid Kit (Make sure to check regularly to ensure everything is up to date)


6) Firestarter

Items: Lighter, tinder, waterproof matches, magnesium fire starter.


7) Knife & Tools

Items: Knife, multi-tool, duct tape, personalized repair kit


8) Nutrition

Items: Enough extra food for an additional day (or longer, depending on nature and length of trip) should an emergency occur. Freeze-dried food typically works best as it it light.  Additionally, an electrolyte replacement, if not already in your first aid kit (it should be).


9) Hydration

Items: Extra water and the means to purify water.  


10) Shelter

Items: Tent, bivy sack, space blanket, tarp, heavy duty trash bags, insulated sleeping pad.