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Hiking Checklist

Hiking Checklist

When setting out on a hike, it’s better to prepare for all kinds of weather, be it warm, cold, windy or wet, the chances are you will encounter all of them at some point. Start with a good base layer of clothing and you can add/remove along the journey as you ascend/descend.

Pack nutritious nonperishable snacks that contain energy to give you that extra boost. Heavier, bulkier snacks will be more difficult to carry and take up more room in your backpack. Another point to consider when packing food is temperature.

Here is a list of items that you might find useful to have with you on your hike, some are essential, some are optional.


  • Hiking Poles
  • Backpack
  • Map, Route description or Guidebook
  • Compass / GPS (optional)


  • Hiking boots
  • Woolen socks
  • Insoles for extra comfort (optional)


  • Thermal base layer long sleeve vest
  • Thermal base layer leggings
  • Waterproof pants
  • Waterproof jacket
  • T-shirt
  • Loose fit pants
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat

Trail Snacks

  • Glucose sweets
  • Energy bars
  • Sandwiches
  • Fruit


  • Water (1 ltr. minimum per person)
  • Energy drink
  • Hydration system (optional)

Sun Protection

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun-shielding hat (optional)


  • Tissues / Wipes
  • Lip balm

Here are some photos of what you can expect in terms of weather and terrain and how it changes as you ascend. It may not look windy, but it was in parts, although the rain did hold off for the duration of the hike.

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