As I'm getting ready for a hike tomorrow back in the high peaks, I thought I'd do a quick what I pack. I don't consider myself an expert but here's what I bring. Enough to feel comfortable on the mountain without bringing the kitchen sink.
1. The love of my life, my deuter backpack. Seriously, the best day pack I've ever owned. I've also used this for a week long international trip. Love love love.
2. I drink a lot of water, probably more than average. I typically carry between 88 - 104oz. This is more than most people, but I'd rather carry the weight than be without. (except for of course when I didn't want to return to the car and have to walk 2 extra miles and I went with way less than I felt comfortable with.)
3. Guide book & map. The book is slightly helpful at best, I typically read a series of blogs and lakeplacid.com to get trail information. I've used the map on two trips so far this year. I am lacking a compass, primary because 1. I don't have one and 2. I'm not entirely sure how to use it.
It's on the list of things to buckle down and learn.
4. Not only do I carry an obscene amount of water, I always have my iodine and iodine flavor reducing tablets. They're cheaper than a filter and take up very little space.
5. My trusty first aid kit. Includes: wet ones, sunscreen, after bite, benedryl, udderly smooth (anti chaffing) matches, band-aids and gauze. Most of this is for other people as I've only used the anti chaffing lotion.
6. Flashlight & headlamp. I always over plan for how long it will take me on a hike to avoid losing daylight, but I am prepared for it just in case.
7. The bandanna should be with the first aid kit, as it will probably be more helpful on the trail than a band aid might be, but it falls in its own category. I always bring a hat, though they vary from trip to trip and soon the winter caps will be back in rotation ( I actually packed a winter hat for tomorrow already)
8. Layers. This will probably be one of my last lighter weight hikes of the year. stuffed in the bottom of my bag is my (kids) north face rain jacket and a long sleeve base layer. Though the base layer varies, it is often the one pictured or a grey version of it because they have thumb holes. Soon my wool sweater will be off the hanger and back in the pack, but not yet.
What isn't pictured is food. This varies a lot from trip to trip but usually includes hard boiled eggs, a bagel, a fruit, and a salty carb. And with all that, my bag is packed for me to head up north tomorrow to hike Lower Wolf Jaw for my 26th high peak!