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.
We arrived back to the states with a strong idea of what worked, and what we would needed to change for the second leg of our journey. And don’t forget to check Angel’s list too. So without further ado, here is everything I packed for Southeast Asia.