What you put inside your backpack* is always a hot topic among us hikers.
It always seems to be a very fine line between over-packing and under-packing. So, I thought I’d give you a sneaky peek inside my backpack, and let you know my thinking when it comes to what I take – and more importantly – what I leave out.
Today I headed off for a quick bushwalk along a trail I know well (that I can do in just over an hour) – so I took only the basics.
The Backpack: For short walks like I did today, I could probably do with a smaller backpack. But, this one is a good all round size (28l) for day hikes. Overnight and multi day hikes would need a bigger bag (unless you’re having your backpack transported for you, and just carrying a day pack).
Hydration: Sure, you can use a water bottle, but even on short walks I prefer to use a water bladder. By getting a decent one with a good mouthpiece, it’s so easy to walk and sip – without having to stop, take off your backpack, and get a water bottle out of your bag.
Essential Items: I usually don’t take my full wallet, but instead grab out my licence, my eftpos card and around $10 in cash – that way if anything happens to my backpack while hiking, I won’t lose my entire life’s savings and all my cards. I also carry hand santiser to use after visiting the bathroom (even if it’s not a drop toilet!) and before eating. Sunglasses (and usually a hat) are also handy.
Other stuff: For short hikes, on trails you know well, it’s probably not worth taking too much more. The only other thing I could’ve done with today was a zip lock bag for my phone when it started spitting with rain.
There would be a lot more that I’d take with me if it was a longer walk, if I hadn’t just had lunch an hour before, or if it was a trail I hadn’t done before (and was unsure of how much time it would take). The weather also plays a big part in what I take with me.
What about you – would you take anything else on a similar length of hike?
* I purchased my hiking day backpack from Kathmandu. I love it because it’s a perfect size when heading out on a day hike, it’s a women’s fit (nice and comfy over the hips), has lots of adjustable parts and lots of different sections to put your stuff in (and keep it all organised!). And let’s not forget the great colour!
Bio: Sam is a daydreamer, storyteller, and hiker. She loves getting outside, and you’ll often find her on the bushwalking trails close to her hometown of Geelong. You can follow along with her on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. If you have any questions that she can help with, or would like to chat about possible sponsored opportunities, advertising, or affiliations (that will benefit her audience) please drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.