Hiking trips require appropriate equipment to keep you safe and comfortable on the trails. In order to help you pack the right equipment, we made the interactive hiking checklist below which includes all the required equipment for one day hiking trips in warm to very warm conditions (temperatures above 10° C; 50° F). The checklist consists of compulsory as well as optional items; some are “luxuries”, others are for specific application such as a via ferrata set.
In the Things to Consider section you will find further advice on the hiking equipment on the checklist.
You can also check out the article How to Plan a Hiking Trip.
If you are looking for a hiking checklist for different conditions or duration, you can go to our other checklists:
Things to consider – Day Hike in Warm Weather
The required backpack volume for a one day hiking trip in warm conditions depends on the hike’s duration, trail’s type (via ferrata, scrambling, flat terrain etc.) and your equipment. For the majority of one-day hiking trips in warm conditions a daypack with the volume of less than 24 liters will suffice. If the duration is very short and no technical equipment (climbing harness, helmet) is required you might even consider going with only a lumbar waist pack or small hydration pack. We don’t recommend using a bigger backpack as they are usually heavier than daypacks, thus adding unnecessary weight and bulk to carry.
When choosing hiking boots, you basically need to consider two things: ground cover (rocks, grass, mud etc.) and weather. On rocky terrain we recommend wearing boots with fairly stiff soles for better stability while we recommend wearing boots with very flexible soles on dirt tracks and grassy areas for better comfort. If there is a chance of rain, you should use boots with a waterproof lining. You can also use trekking shoes for day hikes as these are lighter and more comfortable than hiking boots. We do not, however, recommend using trekking shoes on rocky trails where decent ankle support is vital to avoid injuries.
For day hikes in warm weather we recommend wearing loose fitting base layers made of polyester as they in addition to being very light and quick drying also provide good ventilation. Alternatively, you can use Merino wool base layers with a material density of 150 g/m2 or less for good performance. For more information about Merino wool read Why you should wear Merino wool clothing, and for general information about base layers read Comparison of Base Layer Materials.
In warm conditions there is no need for a down jacket or a jacket with synthetic fill. However, a fleece jacket might come in handy when the temperature drops and therefore it is included on this checklist. In this checklist we also included a softshell jacket (optional) which can be used instead of fleece jacket and rain jacket. A softshell jacket is basically a hybrid between a fleece jacket and a rain jacket as it offers insulation as well as weather protection. However, softshell jackets offer very limited weather protection and therefore they can be efficiently used only in moderate conditions (light rain, wind etc). For more information about mid-layers please read Comparison of Mid-Layer Materials.
A shell layer (rain jacket) protects you against unforeseen rain and wind and thus it comes in very handy. There are three types of rain jackets – 2-layer rain jackets (inexpensive but limited performance), 2-5 layer rain jackets (very lightweight and decent weather protection) and 3-layer rain jackets (excellent durability and weather protection). In warm conditions a rain jacket can be worn directly over a base layer. There is, however, no need to bring a rain jacket if you are bringing a softshell jacket and the weather is dry and not too windy. For more information about shell layers please read Comparison of Shell Materials.
Food and Water
During day hikes it is vital that you have enough water to stay hydrated. If you are hiking alone, we recommend using a hydration system as it allows you to drink on the go without stopping – for more information please read Hydration Systems vs. Water Bottles.
Hiking Checklist – Day Hike in Warm Weather
Food and Water