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I am a hiker. Sometimes I dayhike, sometimes I overnight (mostly on longer trips). But this is my passion. This is my list of what you need for a dayhike during late spring/summer. Add what you want to what you bring also, because I'm sure I missed a few things.

Step 1: The Pack

For the pack, the carrier of all of your equipment, this needs some thinking over. How big will it be? Will it be technical or just a trail pack? Think about what you do, and choose on that. This pack is a REI Traverse 30, a technical pack. It was $60, an amazing deal. Most daypacks don't go over $150, but if yours does, it might be a bit to expensive. Your choice, though.

Step 2: Hydration

Hydration is the most important thing to have. It can be a water bottle or a hydration bladder, you need it. In this case I have a hydration bladder. Most packs have a compartment for it by the suspention, but if it doesn't, you don't really need it. The water bottle carries less water but is tougher. I usually carry both. If you are going to buy a hydration bladder, don't pay more than $60 for it.

Step 3: Knives/Multitool

This area is the most broad, from little pocket knives 2 inches long to sheath knives the size of my hand to elbow, or multitools that carry only a file to those that have enough tools to fix a car and change its oil (please catch that sarcasm), there are many varieties of both. Here I have a bone handled sheath knife that is about 6 inches long. Please don't laugh at the look of it, because it has saved me in many situations. They are very trusty knives. On the top I have a modern Gerber multitool, with locking tools that are VERY strong. Bad thing-its really heavy. Below it is a classic Leatherman, one of my favorite camping items. It has very basic tools, pretty much all you would need. It is also pretty lightweight.

Step 4: Rope

Pretty self explanitory, on the top is a survival bracelet that has 8 feet of paracord on it. Bottom has roughly 50 feet of paracord. I would recommend having 50 feet of paracord for climbing down cliffs, ect.

Step 5: Matches

Also pretty self explanitory. Use matches to start a fire. BE CAREFUL!!! Also carry candles, they can be useful (just don't eat them).

Step 6: Food

Food is a must. Bring granola bars, power bars, or any other high energy bar. Also, you might want to bring a candy bar (not in pictures) such as a Snickers bar. Hard candy is nice to have so you can have something to suck on as you hike. Just remember to throw away the wrapper correctly. Tasty!

Step 7: Light

There are thousands of types of lights you can use, from head lamps to giant police lights. I like pen lights and head lamps, very lightweight. Here I have a pen light. Without a light, you can become disoriented and lost, thus a rescue team to pick you up. And you don' want that.

Step 8: Ziplocs

I always bring along a very fancy water tight bag called a Ziploc. I put matches, knives, or other things that can't go in water into them. Always carry a few with you, they have many uses.

Step 9: Other Things

Other things you can bring with you that are nice to have

Camera- you never know what you will see
Paper and Pen- Keep notes of your travels
Watch- Whats the time?

Step 10: Enjoy!


Now go explore the giant thing we call earth. With all of these items, the world is your oyster.
Never forget a good survival kit and medical kit. Always have a high qualuty backpack and good hikibg shoes and a knife. Also carry a water bottle and a lifestraw or water filtration system. And the other basic stuff like fire starting tools like a lighter or matches and shelter and food. Also signalling could come in handy. Nuce pack though!
<p>Well thought out pack but I would caution against going down a cliff with paracord...............unless you use several stands braided together.....</p>
<p>Don't forget something for a make-shift shelter, and something to get a quick fire going. If you bust your leg and have to stay overnight until help arrives, you'll be glad you had those items.</p>
You forgot a first aid kit! Just a basic one, but still a necessity.
Add in a compass, map, plastic whistle, and cell phone, even the $10-$20 refillables all work for 911 without minutes. <br><br>Small mirror if you get something in your eye or want to signal.<br><br>2 Garbage bags (poke holes and make a poncho if rain, cut and make rain tarp, use as solar still, put feet in one, and do the poncho thing for top as bivy, 100+1 uses)<br><br>Some duct tape<br><br>And some toilet paper, just in case.<br><br>Let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Most people who get lost were just going for a &quot;Day hike.&quot;
Don't forget to bring a towel!

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