We see people on trails all the time carrying nothing but a small water bottle. Did you know there are actually ten essentials for survival that you are expected to carry in the backcountry? These essentials are supposed to apply even for short day hikes. Below, I’ve analyzed them as daypack essentials, with suggestions for what is necessary, what isn’t, and some small extras you can add to ward off many disasters on the trail.
Originally compiled in the 1930s by the Seattle-based The Mountaineers, this list of 10 hiking essentials continues to be relevant today, whether day hiking or heading out on an overnight backpacking trip.