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Planning a hike? Check out these 10 essentials: 

You don’t need to pack like a pro. These items below will get you started, and could mean the difference between a relaxing and enjoyable experience or one that may turn into a nightmare.


10 Essentials:

Download a more comprehensive checklist here: 

This is a rather comprehensive list for a full (12+ hour) day hike into the Adirondack backcountry. Feel free to adjust your packing list according to your adventure.

Hiking on a budget 

If you're new to hiking, the ten essentials list may seem overwhelming and expensive. While we encourage you to hike safely, we also believe the outdoors belong to everyone. Don’t let the lack of gear stop you from enjoying time outside! Below are a few tips to make getting outdoors a little easier.

  • Borrow gear from a friend

    • It’s likely that someone you know may already have some of the gear you’re looking for. Make some calls, or create a social post; we're sure someone will be happy to share.

  • Rent gear from a local outdoor shop

    • Things like bear canisters, microspikes, sleeping bags, headlamps, and even clothing can be rented at local gear shops.

  • Buy used

    • Many outdoor companies are starting to offer used gear on their sites. There are also facebook groups.

    • Thrift stores are a great place to find backpacks, clothing, and other items.

  • Shop sales

    • Buying last years colors or styles mean savings.

  • Shop generic brands (just avoid cotton!)

    • Wool is great cheap insulation. Keep your eyes peeled for wool hats, socks, sweaters, and mittens.

    • Dollar stores can have simple items such as matches, hats, first aid kits, and more for $1.

  • Pick an appropriate hike for what you have

    • Start small and simple. Test out what you have and see what works for you. You’ll discover any adjustments you may need to make for next time.

Say 'no' to hitchhikers!

We’re told to “take only pictures, leave only memories,” but sometimes a hitchhiker finds their way into our gear. Seeds and other plant parts can get lodged in boots, backpacks, and clothing. Make sure you clean everything - don’t forget boot bottoms - before your next hike. Want to learn more about how you can prevent the spread of non-native invasive species? Visit our invasive species page!

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