by Diane Spicer
A dayhike checklist is the only way to guarantee that you're going to have a safe, enjoyable hike.
If you leave things to chance and memory, you're going to disappoint (and possibly even endanger) yourself.
And if you don't know what to take on a hike, making a checklist as you learn will save you lots of tro9uble.
Here's one more compelling reason to know what to take on a hike:
Got a few minutes?
Let's take a look at how to make a day hike checklist.
The list is as long as it needs to be, given the type of dayhike you're planning.
If you like to stick to well maintained, extensively signed trails, you're going to need a very short list...
Do you tackle trails that take you into the double digit mileage range with elevation gain and loss?
Every hiker needs to be prepared to either turn around, or tackle what's in front of her.
Sometimes Mother Nature has nasty surprises in store that only your checklist can prepare you for.
That's why a checklist must include the big categories that important to your health and well being:
Each big category contains many options that you will need to pick and choose from, based on your hiking style and plans.
There is no "one size fits all" dayhike checklist. You're going to have to create your own version.
So to get you started, here are some pages I've created to share information in each of those big categories.
Read through the information for tips and recommendations that make sense for the type of hiking you're going to do.
Safety items: Nobody is going to take care of you out on a hiking trail, so it's up to you to be prepared.
Food: There's food, and then there's hiking food.
Water: Believe it or not, water is considered a nutrient for your body.
Fun stuff: Here's where that checklist really gets personalize! If trail time is going to be fun, you might have to bring along a few toys.
Won't you feel better at the trail head, knowing that you have everything you need to stay safe and comfortable during a hike?
I thought so! You're my kind of hiker: prepared and confident.
Don't be shy about asking me questions. Use the link at the top left of this page to contact me! I'm happy to talk with newbie hikers.
Too shy to ask a question?
The best day hike is the one that you remember for all the right reasons. Enhance your chance to dance down the trail, by using a dayhike checklist.
Just for fun, let's compare notes.
Here's my tried and true free dayhike checklist!
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