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What to bring on a day hike

What to bring on a day hike

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A hike, however short it may be, needs good preparation. Here's our guide to making sure you don't miss a thing on a day trip.


📱 Navigation

If you don't know where you are heading, not only may it not lead you very far, but it could even prove dangerous. So before anything else, consider what you will need to identify your position as well as the path to follow.

Items for navigation:

  • A phone, an external battery, and of course the Hika app!
  • A compass and a map, if you wish
  • A headlamp or flashlight
A smartphone with Hika installed 👌

🥾 Clothing

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothess". This Nordic proverb could not be truer on a hike, where you need to be well informed about the weather so that you can equip yourself accordingly.

Consider the following items:

  • Hiking shoes, waterproof and breathable
  • Trek socks
  • Technical T-shirt
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof windbreaker jacket
  • Hat, cap, beanie
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves

Additional tips:

  • Wear several layers, which can easily be added or removed depending on the weather
  • Avoid going on a hike with new shoes - test them beforehand on short distances
  • Take a change of clothes if the weather is wet or if you sweat easily

🍫 Food and water

Hiking certainly burns energy! So nothing like well-chosen food to regain your strength and continue your activity.

Consider the following:

  • Picnic for lunch
  • Cutlery
  • Snacks such as cereal bars or dried fruits
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • A garbage bag for when you are done eating
Water: hiker's best friend!

🩹 Protection

Unforeseen events can arise during a walk in nature. Since the nearest help can be several kilometers away, it is important to take some essential items with you to deal with the most common emergencies.

Consider the following:

  • First-aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper

📸 Bonus

Finally, if you have some room left, here are some popular items to pack depending on your tastes!

  • Trekking poles
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Swimsuit if the trail allows it

... and don't forget the backpack, to put all your stuff inside! 20 or 30 liters should be enough for a day trip.

So, where are we hiking?! 🥾