10 Things For Your Hiking Bag

10 Things for your hiking bag

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10 Things For Your Hiking Bag

Healthy Living October continues with this post that relates to one of my favorite fitness activities; hiking. Here in PA we are having the most perfect, and unusually warm October weather for hiking and other outdoor activities. It is also a good time to go looking for awesome views of the pretty fall foliage. I live close to the Appalachian Trail, several state parks, and even some lesser-known hiking areas with amazing views. We also have Gettysburg nearby, and Maryland is close enough with all the Historic elements that are lovely to capture with the Fall foliage in the background.

hiking white rocks
White Rocks Trail in Dillsburg, PA

Check list of some useful items you do not want to forget!

When going for a hike (I usually do 4-8 miles), I always take the same bag always packed with what I might need. You can click on the links to order these items now from Target! Here are my suggestions:

1. A leak-proof water bottle

This is a must! Do not forget to fill it, and let chill before you go if preferred.

2. Sunscreen

I prefer the travel size so it takes up less room in my bag.

3. Bug Repellent

I love this repellent! Great for sweaty hikes!

4. Mini First Aid Kit

Just in case! Usually I find this in the travel size section in the beauty aisles. I think this watertight one they sale online would be pretty convenient too!

5. Nutritious, lightweight snack

I usually throw in a granola bar or something with a decent amount of protein that is easy to eat on-the-go. If you are a fan of chocolate and pretzels together like I am, you will love these!


6. Rain Poncho

Just in case! Can double as something to lay or sit on in an emergency as well. In store you might find these in the camping or travel size sections.


7. Your ID

I try not to bring any valuables or money along on my hikes for safety reason, but I do think having your ID along may be handy in case anything happens to you. Hopefully nothing ever will, but it will be easier for a rescue team to identify you if needed. I would suggest slipping your drivers license into a waterproof pouch like this one that can also protect your phone.


8. Hand wipes and/or Tissues

Again, travel packs are my preferred size to take up less room in my bag. These are great for cleaning up after your snack, or wiping off sap or other stickiness you may come into contact with.

9. Doggie waste dispenser and bags

This one is for the dog lovers! Most of the time I take along my dog. If you are hiking somewhere that requires you to cleanup after your faithful pooch, this bag dispenser is easy to hook onto a leash or your bag.

10. Camera – Pentax Optio WG-II

I never forget my camera! You never know what cool wildlife or breathtaking views you may come across! We purchased this waterproof, shockproof camera 3 years ago from Target, and it has been to so many places! It even works well in swimming pools and oceans! It is not currently available, but usually they do carry the newest model around the Christmas season. Be on the lookout!

camera for hiking


Thank you for reading!

– Jillian

me hiking


17 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I live near Gettysburg so I might have to find a good hiking area. I love the tips! Using travel sized items is such a smart idea! Thanks for the info!

  2. This tips are truly important, i have never gone hiking before though. This are all awesome products, I will bookmark this page for reference when I finally want to go hiking.

  3. The water bottle is essential when going on hikes. Never leave home without one. Also, the bug repellent. I am currently in Italy and the mosquitoes here are really awful.

  4. SPF 70?! I need that ASAP I get burned to a crisp in summer which is coming up for me. You have some awesome essentials in your hiking bag, which coming from a non-hiker might not mean too much! Awesome post xo

  5. Sounds so exciting, and when the weather is warm, it is perfect to go for hiking. Great tips, you have covered most of the essentials and tips in this post. Nice shot too.

  6. Totally great list for things needed. I also have an energy bar packed, just in case. Dry socks as well in case my feet happen to get wet!

  7. We love hiking, too. We are blessed here in OH with many, many hiking trails as well. This is a great list of items to have with you on a hike. I can’t even tell you how many times we could have actually used a first aid kit!

  8. This is a great list. I tend to forget everything, except my water bottle when we go hiking. I never think about a poncho, a first aid kit, and sometimes even snacks I tend to forget. So glad I bumped into this post this week!

  9. This is such a great list to pack when we go in hiking. I’ve been hiking once I also have bottled water but forgot to refill. It’s so crazy. Lol!! That’s why it is important to make a checklist for those who do not have to forget and put all those stuff in the hiking bag.

    1. I usually keep the same designated bag for long dog walks/hiking in the same spot in my house so it is always ready to go – besides refilling the water bottle!

  10. We’ve got a crazy arsenal of camping supplies now that our middle son is a Boy Scout. They go camping one weekend a month, and Hubby usually goes with them. Our basement is like a camp supply arena these days. I love the hand wipes. And yes, if we ever bring Dog, we always need “the bags.” 😉

  11. I love hiking! It’s my favorite thing to do when I go on camping trips. Sunscreen and a water bottle is a must. Rain poncho and Waterproof phone case are seriously very useful.

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