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The list I made is a good idea to have with you. Between my husband, son, and I we can split everything up into our packs. That way one person doesn’t carry everything. It is better to be safe than sorry especially when it comes to the outdoors. I have linked everything I have bought this far so the post does contain affiliate links.
- Small backpack or Hiking day pack
- You cell phone- Yes, I said your cell phone. Just in case an emergency.
- Camera– This one is a no-brainier, but how many times do you plan on grabbing it and forget.
- Ziploc bags (large and small)- You can put any garbage in them and put your wet socks in them.
- Whistle– you can use the whistle if you are lost to help someone find you.
- Compass– My dad always taught me to carry a compass in the wilderness. You never know when you may need it.
- Small first-aid kit– If your family is as clumsy as mine this is good to have on hand. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy just something to ease the discomfort of scrapes, blisters, and insect bites or stings.
- Sunglasses– These are good to have even if the area you are hiking is partially shaded.
- Insect repellent spray/ Bracelets– You wouldn’t think that you would need it on a day hike, but those pesky mosquitoes hang out in the shaded areas. It is in every one of our cars because my son and I react to bites horribly.
- Lip balm with SPF– The sun can take a toll on your lips and so can the heat.
- Snacks- If your child or children are anything like my son a snack will be needed. I like to bring granola bars or trail mix.
- Hand Sanitizer– You can use it after you go potty or before you eat. I keep one in my purse at all times.
- Emergency blanket– This is just to be safe. They are the size of a deck of cards, so it doesn’t take up much room.
- Cap/ Sun cap– If it hot and sunny this will be a lifesaver or if you don’t really want to do your hair it is a great cover-up.
- Water bottle/ Hydro pack– This is obvious, I have Brita filter water bottles for us. Another one is Hydro Flask it keeps your water cold all day.
- Toilet paper- Important if you are a girl. You can buy special toilet paper for the woods or you can put it in a Ziploc bag and pack it out. Yes, it’s gross but not leaving anything behind is a good thing.
- Extra socks- You will want to change your sopping wet sock even if your shoes are wet. It will help them dry faster and not be as uncomfortable.
- Knife/ Multi-tool– My son has us covered in this area. He has hiking knives that have everything from the sharpener on the outside of the holder, Flint, Fishing stuff, compass, and matches.
- Hiking poles– Hiking poles are great for keeping your balance on hard trails.
- Flashlight– I am guilty of forgetting this one a lot! I don’t know how many times I have had to use my phone’s flashlight to see.
- Predator Spray– You never know when you will need this.
- Waterproof pouch– This is for your phone so it doesn’t get wet if you are hiking in the rain or going through water.
- Bandanna– You can wet down the bandanna and place it on your neck if you get too hot.
- Light Sweatshirt– Just in case you get a chill or you get stuck out after dark.
- Survival bracelet– This is not necessary at all but I thought I would share because my son found them amazing.
I hope that all of you stay safe while you are out enjoying mother nature. The things on this list are not completely necessary, but it is good to plan ahead. I have been out in the wilderness and forgot a couple of these things and it would have made life a lot easier.