A few people commented that they don’t know what to bring. Everyone has his favourite and peeves and no two lists would be the same. This is what I think should be the proper one.
1. Hiking Gear. If you don’t have hiking gear, sports gear is perfectly OK, including sports shoes. Avoid wearing jeans and futsall boots though
2. Day Pack is a term used for small bag packs of 25 litters or less which is not big enough for overnight hikes. If you don’t have a day pack, any kind of bag will do but everyone must carry his own bag and his own water. Sharing is not advisable because you can get separated
3. Water. Bring more water than you think you will need. You will drink more since you are not used to hiking yet. Generally consumption varies greatly with individuals, the terrain, weather and temperature. Water in bottles are fine if you don’t have a drinking bladder yet. Drinking bladder is recommended though because it is easier to drink, without opening your bag. That will enable you to take small but frequent sips instead of big gulps you tend to do if bottles are used. Small frequent sips will give time for the water to get into the cells. Big gulps will make some of the water to go straight to your bladder.
4. First Aid Kit. Even if the organiser have a designated First Responder, it is advisable to have your own kit. The First Responder might be hiking some distance away from you when you need first aid.
5. Headlamp. Even if the hike is scheduled to end much earlier, it is still advisable to take a headlamp along for emergencies which might hold you or slow you down until after day light hours.
6. Survival Kit; Whistle, matches or lighter and a small knife. A cheap whistle will do for a start. Even a cheap whistle is much louder and goes further than your voice, and less tiring too. One blow of the whistle if you are looking for other hikers. Two blows to tell them your position and three blows means you are calling them to come to you as fast as they can. These 3 items should be on your body at all times, not in your bag
1. Hiking Pole is a personal choice. Some like them and some don’t but it helps if you have knee problem.
2. Food. Depending on the length of the hike. On longer hikes, it is advisable to consume a small portion of food every hour or so. That way, you will have a level reserve of energy throughout the hike rather than one big meal which might make you feel bloated and uncomfortable
3. Rain Gear. If u don’t like hiking in the rain
4. Bug Gear.
5. Leech socks.
6. Insect Repellent
7. Glove, hats, caps, gaiters and so many other articles of clothing which is also personal choice of individuals.