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March 22, 2015

What’s in My Pack: Day Hike

This is what I take on a typical day hike

I hike and backpack almost every weekend year round. The full list of what I bring on a day hike may seem like a lot of items, but it’s good to always be prepared. In the Pacific Northwest, the biggest threat is hypothermia, so that means bringing layers to adjust for the current weather conditions. And it always means bringing rain gear. In addition to that, everyone should take what are known as the “Ten Essentials” (see my Ten Essentials blog post).

what's in my pack

Above: “stuffed” version (I like to be organized and love using stuff sacks!)

what's in my pack

Above, “unstuffed version”, from bottom left:

  • REI rain pants
  • REI Rainwall rain jacket
  • North Face Thermoball jacket
  • Nikon D3200 camera with 18-55mm lens
  • Osprey Mira 26 backpack with 3 liter hydration bladder and rain cover
  • REI Sit Seat
  • first aid kit
  • topo trail map in waterproof Coleman pouch
  • Suunto MC-2 Pro compass
  • Outdoor Research cap
  • GPS device: Garmin GPSMap 62stc
  • foldable water bottle
  • fire starter kit with lighter, waterproof matches, candle and cotton balls coated in petroleum jelly
  • Case pocket knife
  • Baggalini purse with ID, cash, keys
  • Baabaa wool hat with brim
  • Black Diamond headlamp
  • extra batteries for GPS and headlamp
  • hand warmers, wipes, EmergenC
  • wool buff (home-made version)
  • Sea to Summit dry sack with lunch and snacks
  • stuff sacks
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