What's In My Bag? / Day Hikes / Trip planning

What’s in my day pack?

Packing for a day hike is relatively simple. You got your essentials: Water, food, insulation, sun protection, etc. Here’s my take on the simple daypack for local hikes:

My pack is a hand-me-down from my dad. It’s an Arc’teryx that he purchased when he was training for an adventure race. I’m in the market for a new one but haven’t decided yet what to purchase. Until then, this little guy works perfectly.


Map and rain sleeve. The rain sleeve is perfect. Not only does it keep the map dry, but it also clips on the front of my bag, meaning the map is always within reach and I’ll never lose it.

Compass. This thing comes with me everywhere. If you don’t know how to use a compass, I highly suggest learning. It’s a great tool to have in case you get turned around. I also thinking that knowing your directions, even loosely is important! If you’re more comfortable with a GPS, bring that along too, just make sure it is all charged up.

Protection from elements

Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, lip balm all for obvious reasons.

Buff. I usually carry both my buffs. They are great for keeping your neck warm or protected from the sun. I also use them as headbands or keeping my forehead from being burnt to a crisp in that sun!

I have a fleece sweater that I wear or bring with me if I know it is going to be cold.

Hiking essentials

Knife. Great for cutting into yummy oranges or other great general uses.

Headlamp. There have been many times I’ve needed illumination, even in the middle of the day! It’s great for geocaching.

Camera Gear

I always pack my trusty side-kick, my Canon 60D. I’ve had this camera since 2011. Along with the 18-200mm lens, it’s not exactly light weight, but it’s trusty and I like it.

I also pack a Sony ActionCam and my iPhone6.

What's in my hiking pay pack - my wandering voyage


  • Some duct tape for more poor feet.
  • First Aid Kid
  • Hiking log and pens. Don’t forget to check out my post on hiking logs!
  • Electrolyte tabs
  • Trekking poles
About Author

Olivia Rutt is the travel writer and photographer behind My Wandering Voyage, a travel website helping working millennials find time to travel. She shares insight in trip planning, travel inspiration and photography tips. Olivia hails from southern Ontario, Canada where she works in the media industry between travels. Follow Olivia on Instagram where she shares her travel photos, or catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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