Hiking Essentials

The following is a list of items that are essential or items that will enhance your comfort on a hike or in an emergency. Bring any other items you may need. Keep the season in mind and use your judgment. As you may have suspected, a knapsack or daypack / fannypack would be a good idea to carry everything.  

Gitesh & Susie
Bring Water! It is ESSENTIAL!
Gitesh and Susie are filtering water while backpacking at Yellowstone


The following is a list of items that are essential or items that will enhance your comfort on a hike or in an emergency. Bring any other items you may need. Keep the season in mind and use your judgment. As you may have suspected, a knapsack or daypack / fannypack would be a good idea to carry everything.

• Water • Hiking Stick or Poles • Emergency Whistle
• First Aid Kit • Rain Gear • Insect Repellent
• Lunch • Pocket Knife • Money ($10-$20)
• Cell Phone • Flashlight • Compass
• Trail Map • Plastic bags to put this all in • Matches or Lighter
• Spare Footwear and Socks • Moleskin for blisters • Change of clothes
• Medications • Sunscreen • Sunglasses
• Toilet paper • Hat • Mylar Survival Blanket