For a Day hike:
Map and compass
Light weight durable shoes
Clothing gear for the weather
Notebook and pencil
First aid kit
For an Overnight Hike: (day hike gear plus...)
Bags for garbage
Rain cover for backpack
Toothbrush and paste
Matches / fire starter
Shoes should be durable and light weight. You will get them wet and muddy. Then they
will dry. The heavier the backpack, the more support needed in a shoe. When
backpacking in snow and cold the appropriate boots should be worn. Packing extra socks
might be a nice idea.
Old ski poles make grat walking sticks. Walking sticks are very useful on uneven terrain,
crossing creeks and can be used as tent poles for a tarp(less gear to put in your backpack).
The lighter the backpack, the more enjoyable the hike!
We are a "Leave No Trace" hiking troop!
A complete guide to hiking gear is in your Boy Scout Handbook starting on page 202.