What You Need to Know

Recommended Equipment List for Hiking Trips:

  • Map of the area you plan to hike
  • Compass
  • Water (if using energy drinks such as Gatorade, bring an equal amount of water)
  • High-energy food such as power bars, candy bars, or granola
  • Waterproof matches
  • Candle/fire starter
  • Small flashlight with extra bulb/batteries
  • Whistle
  • Knife
  • First aid kit
  • Lightweight plastic tarp or emergency blanket
  • Nylon cord
  • Gloves, hat, gaiters, and extra clothing
  • Bug repellant and/or headnet
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm

Optional Equipment:

  • Camera and film / fresh batteries
  • Binoculars

Safety Tips

  • Bring the equipment noted on the checklist (see above).
  • Do not hike alone.
  • Tell someone where you plan to go, when you expect to return, and stick to the plan.
  • Undertake pre-season conditioning and training.
  • Take a map and compass class to learn how to use them. Your life may depend on it.
  • Warm up and stretch before the day's hike.
  • Novice hikers should hike with experienced hikers to learn the skills necessary to have a safe and enjoyable outing.
  • Stay tuned to local weather forecasts. Take them into consideration, along with your skill level, before hiking. Plan your trip according to the weakest hiker's ability.
  • Seek professional advice when choosing equipment to suit your hike, skill level and size.
  • Keep equipment in good working order.
  • Wear suitable clothing to protect against variable weather conditions. Conditions at higher elevations may be dramatically different from where you begin your hike..
  • Eyewear that gives ultra-violet protection and a sunscreen with a high SPF should be worn, even on cloudy days.
  • Keep an eye out for hazards such as loose rocks and gravel, branches, and slippery rocks at streams.
  • Adequate rest, nutrition and energy replenishment will both enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injury.
  • Alcohol can negatively affect your overall performance and can be a contributing factor to injuries.