This is a basic list of items that everyone should take while hiking. It’s difficult to anticipate the needs of every person, so  you may need to wear warmer clothing than what is suggested.

Dressing for hiking is all about controlling your internal thermometer. Dress in layers to help control over heating.  If you get too hot you will perspire more and get your clothing wet. This could lead to you getting a chill when the group takes a break.

10 Essentials

  • Navigation (map & compass)
  • Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  • Insulation (extra clothing)
  • Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  • First-aid supplies
  • Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  • Multitool with knife and at least 3m of cordage
  • Nutrition (extra food)
  • Hydration (extra water)
  • Emergency shelter (plastic tube tent/garbage bag)

 

Clothing (No Cotton!)

Hiking Clothes:

  • Sturdy shoes or boots (depending on the type of trip)
  • Synthetic socks or wool socks for hiking
  • Rain Jacket
  • Synthetic or thin wool T-Shirt
  • Synthetic or wool Long Sleeve mid-weight
  • Synthetic pants (or convertible pant/shorts)
  • Synthetic gloves
  • Toque
  • Whistle

Optional Clothing & Equipment:

  • Gaiters
  • Rain pants
  • signalling mirror (if your compass doesn’t have one)
  • Bear spray (make sure date is not expired as it won’t be effective)