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What To Bring On A Short Hike

What to bring on a short hike

What to bring on a short hike

If you are about to head out for one day hike is going to be a delightful time to explore nature with family or friends, or even by yourself.

You would have so many options to choose for going deep into the mountains or just to stay closer to home.

There are many national or state parks or national forest land many networks of trails.

Going on to a one day short hike would need several packing list to carry.

What to bring on a short hike would be determined by how far you plan to hike, how remote the are of location is and what the weather forecast is.

If you are planning to hike to a longer and more remote place, the more unpleasantly cold and wet the weather is.

Because of this, you should bring more clothing, gear, food and water than it is to bring to a closer location.

Let us dive into the short day hiking checklist.

Backpacking gear

The Locallion Hiking Backpack Ultralight Men Or Women 18 liter ($29.99) is an ideal backpack for all kinds of outdoor activities such as hiking as well as cycling, jogging, climbing, hiking, traveling. It is reliable and versatile for your short hiking adventure.  The backpack is using a breathable material. It is padded with mesh for heat dissipation and maximum comfort. Adjustable mesh shoulder straps is an ergonomic option to help relieve the stress from your shoulder.

You can also use the Lucien Hanna Lightweight Hiking Backpack 20 liter ($13.68) for a short hike. It is made of high quality and water resistant material. It will deliver long-lasting durability.

And also the Gelindo Insulated Hydration Backpack Pack 18 liter ($31.99)
that is roomy enough to store water bladder and other items like lunchbox and clothes. For a comfortable short hike.

Footwear and clothing

Before you pack, make sure you check the weather forecast and you have to dress for the weather conditions. As to prepare for sudden change of the weather or even an unplanned night out, you should consider pack extra clothes more than those required for the short trip. You have to consider how much protection your clothing provides against the sun’s UVA or UVB rays.

For shoes, determine what footwear to wear based on the terrain. On gentle hikes on smooth trails, trail runners or hiking shoes are suitable for the terrain. For treks on rocky, uneven terrain, rugged trails, boots will be more responsive and provide support.


You will need at least 3 shirts. Like the Clothe Co. Men’s Short Sleeve Moisture Wicking Athletic T-Shirt ($4.99) that is made of 100% cationic polyester interlock to provide moisture wicking. A good choice to bring and wear for a short day hiking. The other choice is Komprexx Sport T-Shirts ($13.87) made of polyester with features moisture wicking soft and comfortable. It is also UV proof that will protect your skin from ultraviolet (UVA and UVB)  and sunburn


For underwear, you should consider to wear the moisture wacking ones. Like the Clevedaur Men’s Underwear ($21.98 – $29.98) is antimicrobial and skin friendly to keep you stay cool and fresh all day. The waistband is soft,  smooth, non-chafing stitching, and will not leave mark. The other underwear with the same feature is the Viita Men’s Cotton Incontinence ($9.99). It is made of 3 layers. The first layer will wick away moisture. The second one spread the liquid and the third layer prevents any liquid from escaping the underwear.


When you are on hiking you should wear pants that can dry quick when it gets wet. Like the Free Soldier Outdoor Pants ($32.99 – $34.99) which is made of  durable water repellent. It is lightweight , waterproof, breathable, quick drying fabric, wrinkle resistant, UPF Sun Guard 50+ to protect you from UVB and UVA. You can also choose TBMPOY Men’s Outdoor Pants (
$26.99 – $35.99) with Belt with quick dry,  lightweight, waterproof, windproof, durable, and breathable features. It is a very good choice to wear during short hike.


For your short hiking trip, you can choose this beroy Men Lightweight Windproof Waterproof Jacket ($22.99) because it is made of polyester that can dry quickly, waterproof, windproof. Very suitable for hiking. Suitable for cold weather, for light rain, and fog weather. Another option would be the Windrunner Mens Outdoor Jacket ($46.56) that is the kind of jacket that is made of polyester. It is soft, breathable, quick-dry material with detachable hood.


Because of the unpredictable weather change you must be prepare for the condition. This Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II ($53 – $109) is a waterproof hiking boot that can prevent you to get wet feet during the short hike. It has a lightweight mid sole for a comfortable hike, with cushioning. The sole’s grip give a traction for slip free hiking. The material is waterproof full-grain leather and suede lightweight, well as a durable mesh tongue for breath ability and comfort on the trail or on the mountain. You can also consider Timberland Men’s White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot ($69.95 – $150) with almost the same features as the Columbia. This would be a very good choice since it is a very popular waterproof hiking boots. It is a waterproof and rust proof hiking boots for a comparability and durability footwear. The brand name is just what makes it the best in outdoor footwear.


The Randy Sun Socks ($23.99) is a high performance and lightweight socks with the function of waterproof and breathable material. The cushion sole provides great fit and comfort. Suitable for hiking, biking, and running during any seasons when there is a need to keep dry feet. Besides the breathable feature it has the function of moisture and perspiration absorption, with additional anti bacterial function to reduce bad odor.

Rain suit

Since you can not predict the sudden change of the weather it is a good idea to bring a rain suit that can help protect you from ruining your hiking. Like the Frogg Toggs All Sport Rain Suit ($28.80 – $131.39) is rain suit that is a non woven fabric and breath able. Beside the waterproof feature, it is also wind resistant, and a lightweight rain suit. The hood is removable and adjustable. They are covered by an elastic cuffs and a snap-down storm flap. This will keep you dry even in a hard rain.

Drink and food

Without enough water when you are on a shirt hike, you will not perform well and might get hydrated. Your little intake of water will not only make you thirsty but susceptible to altitude sickness and hypothermia.

Other than water, you will need calories to keep your energy going.  On a short hike, you will need at least 2,500 calories. When you feel hungry or not having enough meal, you will have a low energy and low morale.


This Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle ($24.95)  is a strong fold able water bottle. It is compact and comfortable to drink from. Easy to carry, flexible,  leak proof silicone body. The cap is spills proof with sealing twist cap to keep germs off.

When you are out of water and you do not know where and do not have a good source of water, you can take water from the nearest source and you can purify the water using Aquatabs AQT100 Water Purification Tablets ($6.99) for a safe drink of water. It is fast acting and you can drink any water within 30 minutes after mixing the tablet.


Because it is a short hike, you do not need to cook. All you have to do is prepare boiling water when it is time to have a meal. This Mountain House 3-Day Emergency Food Supply Kit ($65.95) is not just for emergency, you can bring them and use them for you breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is an easy way to have your meal during your short hike.


During the short hike, you might get injured or feeling sick or any other unexpected small disaster. You must be prepare for this kind of emergency.

First aid kit

This Adventure Medical Kits Adventure ($18.99) give support for treating
cuts, scrapes, headache, allergic reaction, sprains, insect bites, and muscle aches. It is small and lightweight to carry but has multi health aids.

Waterproof fire starter

A waterproof fire starter is a small and easy to carry important tools during a shirt hike. When you want to light a fire in the cold weather, you will not having problem. Like the SE FS374 All-Weather Fire Starter ($5.15) can light fire in any weather. It is a compact pocket size, waterproof and weatherproof  fire starter with additional compass and detachable ball chain.

Polarized sunglasses

On a sunny day, you want to protect your eyes from the sun or the sun glare. You do not want to ruin the day when you can not see the views because of the glare of the sun. Like the Mooray Mens Sports Polarized Sunglasses ($18) that will give  you the sun protection you need.  It is built with scratch and impact resistant, and it is lightweight and durable. It is ideal for outdoor activities under the exposure of the sun. The lens is 100% UV400 protection that blocks harmful UVA, UVB & UVC rays. The polarized sunglasses reduce sun from any surfaces. By protecting your eyes, you can see the view better and feeling more comfortable.

Other optional items to bring

  • Sun screen
  • Sun hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Multi tool
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Blister cream
  • Binocular
  • Headlight
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