14 Things to Bring on a Day Hike

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I’ve always loved being outdoors. Alec, my husband, likes it even more than I do. So, we like to go hiking together whenever we can. I am not a pro hiker and Alec and I generally pack a bag together. Here’s what I recommend taking with you on a day hike!

Basic Day-Hiking Necessities

To Wear:

  1. Lulu Lemon Leggings
Hiking in Ledges State Park
Ledges State Park, IA
Hiking in Palisades-Kepler State Park
Palisades-Kepler State Park, IA
Hiking in Boulder, Colorado
South Mesa Trail, CO

My favorite thing to hike in is Lulu Lemon leggings. The ones I have (I have 2 pairs of the Align II leggings.) feel like I am wearing nothing! It’s amazing. And they don’t get too hot.

2. Good shoes (and socks)

Keen Hiking Boots

(Do you see the butterfly?)

Blisters and sore toes will not make for a pleasant hike. I never thought I’d be someone who owned a pair of hiking shoes but look at me now! These are Keen Terradora hiking boots. I like the high ankle; it gives my ankles more support!

Tip: wear-in your shoes beforehand!! Wear them around the house, on walks, to the grocery store.

I’m wearing Victoria’s Secret athletic socks in this picture; and I had a pair of long hiking socks from FITS as well, for a backup.

3. A Silicone Ring Band

Silicone Wedding Band

I bought this Women’s Silicone Wedding Ring Band by HonorGear* from Amazon. It fit true to size and came in a few different colors! I purchased them for Alec too.

4. Water (a water bladder!)


I recently got a Deuter water bladder and I love it. I don’t know why it took me so long. It even has a little pocket on front. I love pockets. Don’t forget to rinse it out and let it dry when you’re done using it!


5. A hat

Hiking Gear Tips

To protect your precious head from sunburn!

6. Sunglasses

Deuter Water Bladder and Sojos Sunglasses

So you can see, even if the sun is out.

I hooked my SojoS Sunglasses* from Amazon (super lightweight!) onto my water bladder when I didn’t need them, so I could wear my glasses.

These sunglasses aren’t too expensive, (I thought I lost them after our first trip to Colorado but I wasn’t too bummed because I was able to afford another pair. I ended up finding these though, just in time for our next trip out west.) which makes them perfect for hiking! It’s OK if they get a little beat up.

To Use:

A SheWee*

Laugh all you want. It’s convenient.

For those of you that don’t know, a she wee is a tool that makes it easier for ladies to go to number 1 outside. It’s also nice to have toilet paper and two baggies (one for before-use TP and one for after. Don’t litter. I’m not sure which brand we have, but these Toilet Tissue To Go packs* from Amazon look super convenient!

First Aid Supplies

How much first aid supplies you carry with you depends on how long you plan to be gone. You may only need a few bandaids, or you may want a bigger kit with gauze, ointment etc.

  1. Moleskin Blister Dressing*This heavy cotton/adhesive fabric is great to have with you in case your shoes start to bother you or you get blisters!
  2. Kleenex*In case a bug crawls up your nose (ew).
  3. doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil*Perfect for anything. Bug bites, cuts, bruises, aches, headaches, stomach ache. I always have lavender with me everywhere I go. Hikes are no different!
  4. Lip balm- Another thing I always have with me.
  5. Bug Soother*To keep bugs away! I love the Bug Soother brand.

6. Moisturizer-I keep this in the car for use when the hike is done. When the hike is over you can slather your face in moisturizer. When we recently went hiking in Colorado, I put moisturizer on basically every second we were there. The air was so dry, therefore, so was my skin.IMG_8297


Hiking Gear Tips

Lavender Oil

To Eat:

Granola or a breakfast bar


You’ll thank me when you get hungry or tired in the middle of your hike! I love Nature Valley bars and CLIF bars. Some peanut or almond butter or something along those lines is nice to have too!

You can store all of this in a day pack! During our hikes in Colorado, Alec carried the day pack and I carried my water bladder with my hat, sunglasses, and tissues.

It’s nice to have a hiking partner! It makes me feel safer, it gives me someone to enjoy the beautiful views with, and it’s not a bad thing to have someone to share the load of all of these day hike essentials.


We have a well-loved, well-used Eddie Bauer backpack to store all of our essentials!

I sincerely hope this helps you while planning for your next hike! Am I missing anything? Let me know!

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