Short Hike packing list

This post is all about hiking essentials for beginners and day hikers. This list is perfect for a short hike which is anything 5 miles and under or a hike that would take you 1-4 hours to complete. Make sure to consider weather, elevation, and terrain when planing your hike!


Water is essential even if you think you’re only going to be hiking for an hour. You can use a hydration bladder or bottle, but make sure you've got more than enough!


My favorite hiking snacks are dried mango slices, trail mix, peanut butter pretzels, and tuna or salmon packs with crackers.

Navigation System

This could be a paper map, your cell phone, a compass, or an actual GPS. Just make sure you have a directional system you are comfortable using.

First Aid Kit

There are pre-made first aid kits designed specifically for hiking. It contains Band-Aids, a tick remover, tweezers, gauze, antibacterial ointment, and more.