Here’s a little post about what I take with me on a day hike. This is the very basics and you can adjust to your needs. I like to keep it simple and waste free. On hikes I live by the mantra: take only pictures, leave only footprints, especially in natural preservation conservation areas this is extremely important.
I like small day packs from outdoor equipment stores but those can get pricey so use whatever you have around or check out this diy video I used to make my backpack:
Some features to look for in a daypack are easy access water bottle pocket on the sides or a hydration pack, ergonomic straps, a sternum or waist strap is also great for added back support and weight distribution, lightweight, water resistant fabric, an easy access pocket for keys and phone- you never know when you’ll need to snap a pic of a deer or rare bird. Check these out
- I love Patagonia bags, the design and function are so well balanced. One day I will own some Patagonia bags. Anacapa Pack $65 CAD Here: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5036-750/Anacapa-Pack-20L
- Mountain Warehouse is a European company with tons of North American locations now. They are fairly inexpensive and have everything you would need for a hike or camping trip. Wanderer Rucksack $25 CAD Here: http://www.mountainwarehouse.com/ca/wanderer-12l-rucksack-p13838.aspx?cl=Purple
- This Canadian company makes all their products right here at home. I have the Luminosa bag in grey with my University logo embroidered on it. I thought this bag was a cute smaller option. Victoria in Watercress green $48 CAD (50% off) Here: http://shop.willlandoutdoors.com/#!/Victoria-Watercress/p/62804097/category=18278011
A reusable water bottle is probably one of the best waste free items you can invest in, and they are pretty affordable. I really like ones that have a handle that you can clip to your bag or carry easily over something like a Swell bottle that doesn’t have a hook. My bottle is glass with silicone but those can be a bit heavier so stainless steel or triton bottles are a lighter, less expensive option.
- These Glass Bottles are made from recycled materials in the USA and France and are extremely durable, I dropped one on concrete floor and it was still perfect. Glass is nice because it doesn’t hold smells or tastes, cleans easily and you can trust there will be no chemicals. Life Factory 22 Oz bottles $23-27 CAD here: https://www.lifefactory.com/catalog/22-oz-glass-bottles
- CamelBak bottles are a common choice for active people. The leak proof straw is a really great feature. These bottles come in every colour you can imagine, I loved these national park inspired bottles from REI. Holds 25 oz/740 mL. They are durable, light and can clip onto a bag or fit into a bottle pocket. CamelBak 25 oz Yellowstone Here: https://www.rei.com/product/100982/camelbak-national-park-service-eddy-water-bottle-25-fl-oz
- Nalgene bottles are probably the most common for outdoors people. They are light, have a large capacity and are durable. The variety of colours mean you can pick one that suits you. 32 oz Wide Mouth Nalgene Bottle Here: https://www.rei.com/product/106339/rei-nalgene-wide-mouth-loop-top-water-bottle-32-fl-oz
- Kleen Kanteen stainless Steel Bottles are another staple bottle. They have different lids made from plastic with a loop or sports cap or stainless. They come in tons of bright colours to suit you and are light and durable. Kleen Kanteen Stainless Steel classic 800ml bottle here: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5029-944/Classic-Stainless-Steel-Bottle-800ml
I also brought some iced tea with me in my carry mug from David’s tea. I really love the carry mugs because they are high quality extremely functional and versatile in use. Plus the bright colours are a fun bonus https://www.davidstea.com/ca_en/seafoam-carry-travel-mug
I like to bring a granola bar or protein bar. Some other great snacks would be protein/energy balls, trail mix, an apple, or a full lunch with a sandwich and veggie and hummus. Everything in waste-free, reusable containers of course.
Depending on how long you’ll be out you should also consider bringing the following items
- Battery pack/ portable phone charger for emergency use or if you end up taking a bunch of pictures. Mine is from here: Insignia 5200mAH Power BankInsignia 5200mAH Power Bank
- Mini first aid kit or bandaids and hand sanitizer, you never know when you’ll get a blister or scrape your knee
- Rain Jacket, poncho or sweater. The weather can change on a dime without warning. I use this compact Rain shell that fits in a little pouch and keep it in my car. Buy Here: Torrent Womens Waterproof Jacket Purple
That last essential thing to bring with you on a hike is sun protection! I use the Badger Kids sunscreen (it smells like orange creamsicles!) and is 98% organic, biodegradable and not tested on animals! Buy natural sunscreens here: Vitacost Cruelty Free Sunscreen A hat and sunglasses are also a good idea.
Thank you so much for reading. Here are some pictures from my hike! I hope you’ve been inspired to get out and enjoy nature and see what beautiful places your city has to offer.
My Hiking Outfit
Thanks for reading! As always send me your suggestions in the comments as your feedback and requests are greatly appreciated. Have a great day and take a moment to breathe and connect with nature, I find it is my favourite kind of self care!