What should you take on a day hike?
Are you planning a day hike in Australia and not sure what to pack? Look no further! Here’s a list of essential items to bring with you to ensure a safe and enjoyable hike.
Water and a water bottle
- Australia is known for its hot weather, so it’s crucial to stay hydrated. Bring at least 2-3 liters of water per person, depending on the length and difficulty of the hike.
- Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are a must in Australia. The sun is strong and can cause sunburn and heatstroke if you’re not protected.
First Aid Kit
- Accidents can happen, so it’s always a good idea to have a basic first aid kit with you. Include items such as band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relief medication. If you are hiking in summer or in areas where there are snakes, ensure you have a first aid kit that considers this. (We have a detailed blog about this coming soon)
- A good pair of hiking boots or shoes is essential for a day hike. Make sure they are comfortable and provide good support. (We have a whole blog on this coming soon)
- Bring enough snacks and lunch to sustain you for the duration of the hike. Trail mix, fruit, and sandwiches are all good options.
- Bring a map and compass, and know how to use them. Mobile phone coverage can be limited in some areas, so it’s better to be prepared.
Emergency whistle and a torch
- It’s always a good idea to bring an emergency whistle and a torch, in case you get lost or need to signal for help. We also like to take a mirror to signal for help (just in case).
- Bring any personal items you may need such as a camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, and extra clothes.
- Leave no trace, bring a garbage bag to pack out any rubbish you may find on the trail or produce during your hike
- An emergency blanket can be useful in case of an unexpected night out or sudden weather changes.
By packing these essential items, you’ll be prepared for any situation that may arise on your day hike.
Remember to check the weather forecast, bring enough water and snacks, wear appropriate clothing, and let someone know your plans and expected return time. Happy hiking!