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Hiking Checklist

 - The things that I carry around and are helpful


One Day Hike / Trekking
  • Strong day backpack / rucksack (preferably water proof)
  • Hiking / Trekking shoes
  • At least 2 liters of water (more if it's a dry hike)
  • Torch and new batteries
  • Cap/Hat and sunglasses
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Medication if any
  • Towel or a cloth (came in handy for me)
  • Hiking Poles if you are used to them
  • Map/GPS and compass or know your trail
  • Clothing - Depends on weather (Long sleeves and cargo, fleece, hard shell, soft shell)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rain gear if the weather calls for it
For a detailed list please see REI-Day Hike Checklist


Mountaineering / Winter Backpacking

Equipment
  • Ice Axe with a sling
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Gaiters
  • Harness and locking carabiners, ropes - If roping up
  • Glacier traversal / Crevasse rescue gear - See here
  • Snow shovel
  • Gas stove, utensils
  • Nalgene water bottles (2 atleast)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Sunglasses/glacier glasses
  • Lipbalm, sunscreen and toiletries
  • Snow goggles
  • Snow shoes
Clothing
  • 4 layers of top & Parka (base, fleece, down, shell)
  • 4 layers of bottom (base/thermal, fleece, soft shell, snow pants)
  • Rain gear
  • Gloves - Warm gloves w/wo liner, Mid waterproof glove, Mittens for emergencies
  • Bandana, Cap/hat
  • Balaclava or face mask
Others: Food. For a detailed list see here



Multi Day Hikes / Camping
  • Strong backpack / rucksack (preferably water proof)
  • Hiking / Trekking shoes
  • Atleast 2 liters of water (more if it's a dry hike)
  • Torch and new batteries
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Medication if any
  • Towel or a cloth (came in handy for me)
  • Hiking Poles if you are used to them
  • Map/GPS and compass or know your trail
  • Clothing - Depends on weather (Long sleeves and cargo, fleece, hard shell, soft shell)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rain gear if the weather calls for it
  • Toiletries
     AND
  • Tent - preferably water proof
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Pocket knife
  • Lighter and matches
  • Stove and Food
  • Cookware & crockery
For a detailed list please see REI-Backpacking Checklist