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Day Hike Equipment

This list contains the minimum that you should carry on a hike based on time of year and weather forecast. The guide carries a first aid kit and provides a map copy for each participant. One of the most difficult considerations is WHAT CAN YOU DO WITHOUT? If you have questions or concerns about what to wear or bring, contact AFW.

What to Wear

  • Socks - avoid 100% cotton. Use wool or a fiber that wicks away moisture. Feet sweat a lot! Some people wear two pairs of socks - a thin pair covered with a thick one. Theoretically this helps avoid blisters. Only use 2 pairs if you have room to wiggle your toes once your boots are tied.

  • Hiking boots - required for all hikes.

  • Bandana - has 101 uses!

  • Layers of clothes: Start with a tee shirt or tank top, add a long sleeved shirt, then a sweater or sweatshirt.

  • AVOID 100% cotton shirts and jeans. A bit of polyester mixed with cotton helps the fabric dry faster.

  • Knapsack

  • One quart water minimum, in an unbreakable, leak-free container.

  • Lunch - include fresh fruits and veggies

  • Rain jacket

  • Wind breaker

  • Extra sweater/sweatshirt

  • Extra socks - wool or synthetic


For hot weather, add

  • More water - Two QUARTS total

  • Electrolytes


For cold weather, add

  • Vest

  • Mittens

  • Brimmed hat or visor

  • Scarf

  • Hat - wool or synthetic

  • Gaiters

  • Microspikes or Stablicers

  • Thermos with hot drink or soup


Extra Stuff

  • Hiking poles

  • Sun screen

  • Camera

  • Bug repellant

  • Comfy shoes, dry clothes left in the car

  • Binoculars



Carry name of emergency contact, ID, and wallet with you (don't leave in the car). If you are allergic to bug bites, carry the antidote and inform the guide.

Hike Rating Guideline Chart

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