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Day Hike Kit List

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Your kit needs will vary depending on the time of year but this gives you a standard packing list to cover most eventualities, including becoming stranded for the night. It doesn't cover winter conditions or extra kit for a dip in a lake or tarn when it's slightly warmer.

Don't forget to check the mountain forecast whenever you're heading for the hills, the conditions on the tops can be hugely different to those lower down so a standard forecast won't cut it.

Basic kit:

  • Backpack ideally with waist & chest straps
  • Backpack liner or dry bag keeps your spare clothes etc dry in the event of rain
  • Broken in hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Ordinance Survey Map
  • Waterproof Map Case
  • Compass
  • Head torch
  • Small first aid kit
  • 2 filled water bottles
  • Lunch & snacks (as a snack lover my kit might look something like this, always take some extras just in case you're out longer than you expected - sandwiches, trail mix, nut based bars, apple, chocolate bar, babybels, crisps)
  • Emergency cash
  • Fully charged mobile
  • Spare warm layer(s)
  • Spare socks
  • Emergency bivvy bag
  • Foil blanket
  • Gloves
  • Hat and/or buff
  • Tissues or wipes 
  • Sun cream SPF 30+
  • Insect repellant

Bonus points:
Flask of hot coffee
Cakes, flapjacks or any other traybake

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