What to Bring on A Short Hike

by : Chuck Fitzgerald

What to Bring on A Short Hike

As an outdoor enthusiast, you have complete control over what you carry or what stays in the car? I will not dare go in the backcountry without all of the items listed here.

What to Bring on A Short Hike


Highly Recommend

  • Cell Phone (5 ounces), First-Aid Kit (9), Flashlight (4), Food - Beef Jerky (4), Insect Repellent (3), Map & Compass (4), Multi-Tool (9), Pack (24), Signal Mirror (1), Spare Vehicle Key (1), Sunglasses & Sunscreen (2), Water, Waterproof matches (1), Waterproof windbreaker (24), Whistle (1).
    Total weight: 5 pounds 12 ounces, not including water.

Nice to Have

  • Bandana (1), Binoculars (12), Cash & ID (1), Emergency Blanket (1), Extra Batteries (4), GPS Unit (10), Hand warmers (1), Hunting knife (8), Lighter (1), Lip Balm (1), Mini-Umbrella (10), Paper & Pen (1), Rangefinder (8), Road Flare (4), 12 feet of rope (2), Saw (7), Toilet Paper (1), Two-Way Radio (7), Work Gloves (2).
    Total weight: 5 pounds 2 ounces.

Hiking Snacks 

  • Nuts, seeds, nut-based bars or nut butter packs. Dried or freeze-dried fruits and veggies. Energy bars, chews or gels. Granola or granola bars. Ready-made tuna salad pouches. Whole-grain tortillas. Poultry, salmon or meat jerky.

The total weight of my hiking pack not counting water, is 15 pounds. If you carry something, make sure you know how to use it. Carrying a well thought out pack is a good outdoor life-skill. 

Plan ahead before you venture into our backcountry, even if you plan to be gone only an hour or two. It makes good sense. With just this small amount of planning you’ll get the most out of your backcountry experiences.