Ultimate Hiking Checklist
Kit list recommendations
Ultimate hiking and camping checklist.
It's really important that you don't forget anything when heading off on an adventure and you can never be too prepared. Obviously everything is optional and some things are weather dependant so add or remove where it suits you best. Don't forget that when you go hiking always take any rubbish with you, this includes taking your skins! Yes don't leave any fruit skins/peel behind, it's not the natural environment so can affect wildlife or soil. Leave only footprints, take only memories... and photos!
Hiking essentials checklist
- Waterproof jacket
- Down jacket
- Fleece or mid layers
- Thermals/base layers
- Walking trousers (shorts, zip off trousers or leggings may be more suitable depending on the weather conditions)
- Waterproof over trousers
- Baseball cap
- Beanie/Bobble hat
- Neck tube/neck warmer
- Sports bra
Daypack (waterproof cover if it’s not water repellent)
Map and compass/mobile phone app such as OS with downloaded route
Rechargeable battery pack and phone cable
Emergency survival blanket/shelter
Waterproof phone pouch/wallet (to keep phone handy for photos)
Baby wipes/tissue and waste bag
Food and drink
Reusable water bottle/bladder
1-2 litres of water (drink plenty before the hike)
Snacks (fruit and energy bars etc)
Energy drinks with electrolytes
Essentials for camping
Tent (check you have pegs and poles!)
Hammer for the pegs
Warm sleeping bag
Sleeping bag liner
Sleeping mat/air bed
Spares of all the clothing in case they get wet
Trainers or change of shoes in case your boots are wet
Change of clothing for the evening
Thermals/warm pyjamas for sleeping in
Stove, gas and lighter
Things to note:
- Multiple layering is always better than one thick layer. Heats gets trapped between layers so the more layers the better!
- Lip balm with SPF. Even when it's cold it can be sunny up on the mountains. This will also help to prevent dry cracked lips.
- Freeze dried food pouches or food that you add water to are lightweight, compact and you don't have to worry about it going off.
- Tea/coffee sachets or use powdered milk
- A change of clothes and shoes in case you get wet
- Swimwear if there's a lake for swimming
- Jelly babies are always a good snack as they don't freeze or melt and provide a good source of energy and sugar
This is not a definitive list and obviously you will need to tailor it to suit the conditions you will be hiking in. If you will be in extreme cold or hot weather we would recommend that you research additional checklists as well as our packing list.
If you can think of anything else you'd recommend or usually take hiking please do let us know in the comments.