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  • Writer's pictureJoanna Lee

Hiking Packing List

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

Disclosure: this is by no means meant to be an all inclusive packing list for a summit attempt or hike with your dog. This is meant to be a starting point with a list of gear that I, and some friends, always carry. However, everyone has different needs and goals so your packing list might be a bit different. I am always happy to answer questions. The most important part is to do your research, be prepared and feel comfortable prior to embarking on a summit attempt. Check out my favorite gear in Joanna's Gear Picks.


I carry a Gregory Jade 28 on almost all of my hikes. This size fits all my gear, plenty of water and has space for extra layers. I also carry the Wilder Dog Utility Pack to hold dog treats, poop bags, my keys and my phone. I carry way more gear than I will hopefully ever need. But I would rather carry a bit of extra weight on every hike than find myself unprepared in case of emergency.


SAFETY GEAR

  • Garmin inReach Mini with subscription plan

  • First aid kit

    • Ibuprofen and Benadryl (liquid form or crushing pills is faster acting)

    • Ace bandage

    • Neosporin

    • Cortisone cream

    • Petroleum jelly

    • Nail clippers

    • Tweezers

    • Chapstick

    • Blister bandaids

    • Safety pins

    • Bandaids

    • Gauze pads

    • Medical tape

    • Tampons

    • Hand sanitizer

    • Sunscreen

  • Lighter

  • Emergency heat blanket

  • Hand warmers

  • Power bank, also serves as a hand warmer

  • Knife or multi-tool

  • Tissues

  • Headlight

  • Kula Cloth

  • Towel

  • Pepper spray


CLOTHING


I always carry extra layers and warm clothing regardless of the weather forecast. The weather can change very quickly at high elevations and you should always be prepared to survive the night outside

  • Jacket | in the winter I bring a puffy, in the summer I carry a windbreaker of varying thickness depending on the forecast.

  • Beanie & gloves | varying warmth levels depending on the forecast.

  • Extra socks

  • Sunglasses


SEASONAL GEAR

  • Jacket | in the winter I bring a puffy, in the summer I carry a windbreaker of varying thickness depending on the forecast.

  • Beanie & gloves | varying warmth levels depending on the forecast.

  • Extra socks

  • Sunglasses


DOG GEAR

  • Jacket; with short haired dogs I carry a jacket for them all year round in case they get cold while hiking or get hurt and we can't move as quickly. In the winter I recommend Hurtta Extreme Warmer. In the summer I recommend Hurtta Midlayer or Non-Stop Dogwear Fjord Raincoat.

  • QUMY Booties my dogs have never needed booties for the cold or snow but I carry these all year round in case they cut their paw open and need protection

  • Emergency carrying harness (Pack-A-Paw)

  • Vet wrap

  • Benadryl | know the dose your dog would need

  • Muzzle [Kane]


OTHER SUPPLIES

  • Hiking Poles

  • Microspikes

  • Gaiters

  • Water purifying tablets, life straw or filtration system

  • Hydration powder or Gatorade

  • Food | I will usually bring an entire meal + multiple types of snacks.

  • Water | for both me and the dogs; this varies based on access to water on the trail and length of hike.







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