On my last hike, a 16 mile loop around North Bedfordshire, I was pretty happy with my day-pack kit. I am sure that there is room for improvement though, so here is the complete list – I would appreciate any comments or suggestions!
- Berghaus Freeflow 32 Light pack – not necessarily the perfect pack (it was an impulse buy on a small budget), but the size is about spot on, it is quite comfortable and has thus far lasted a fair bit of abuse.
- Small LiFEVENTURE stuff sack – it is bright orange, so perfect for keeping my valuables dry and secure (usually contains some money, a bank card, charged PowerMonkey, house / car keys)
- Waterproofs – Berghaus Packlite Shell Jacket and Berghaus deluge over trousers (I do not really like the trousers and they need reproofing!)
- First aid kit – this is something I need to reorganise and restock to make it more useful
- Warm clothing – fleece lined Lowe Alpine top, spare socks, neck scarf, beanie hat and thin clothes
- Brew kit consisting of Primus EtaPackLite stove, gas canister (I could probably drop down to a smaller one), small bottle of milk, a Kuksa, LiFEVENTURE titanium spoon and a few tea bags
- Dog stuff – extendible lead, Halti, clip (for hands-free lead work and useful during breaks), Orikaso plastic fold-able bowl and poo bags
- Water – 2lt Source Clear bladder & 1lt bottle of water (easily used – I drink quite a lot walking, the dog always wants a drink at breaks and for making tea)
- Food / snacks – mix of fruit, Snickers, Tracker bars and maybe some sandwiches
- Tech – Olympus 790sw camera and Motorola Defy (both waterproof and dust proof – also carry an Aquapac in bad weather)
I should point out that this is for hiking in lowland countryside – I would take a bit more emergency kit when out in the hills (although I do want to add one of those emergency basic shelters for basic cover from the rain!).