What's in My Bag, 3 Season Dayhiking Edition

I thought it might be useful to give you all some insight into "What's In My Bag?" for 3-season (Fall, Spring, Summer) day hikes. I've gone through a lot of gear through the years, including selling used gear that I really didn't enjoy using. This is what I carry with me on any medium or difficult day hike, with an emphasis on trying to keep my pack light.

 

 

10 Essentials

 

Bulk


Clothing & Footwear

  • Shirts: I'm a huge fan of the Icebreaker Merino Wool shirts, even with the heavy price tag
  • Shell: My go-to rain jacket is a super cheap North Face Hyvent 2.5 I bought from the Freeport outlets. Similar here
  • Pants: I will usually wear Lululemon Yoga Pants but if I'm scrambling in New England, I'll put on my Fjallraven Keb Trousers
  • Boots: It took me a while to realize that stiff boots just aren't for me. If you have strong ankles, I would recommend a softer boot like the Salomon X Ultra Mid II GTX. They're ridiculously comfortable and low bulk! As an aside, I did all of my Zion and Bryce Canyon hiking in Nike running shoes so don't think you *need* to buy new boots if you are just doing some easy terrain hiking!