By Benj Vardigan
Going on a day hike is a great low-maintenance way to get out of the city, but it still requires some thoughtful preparation. Below is a checklist of all the gear you'll need. When you're deciding what to take, consider the particulars of your trip -- season, weather, location, individual needs -- and customize this list accordingly.
Just print out this list and check items off as you pack them. If you want a more specialized list, you can copy and paste this article into a Word document on your own computer and add your personal essentials.
Clothing and Outerwear
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Mayo Clinic. Water: How much should you drink every day? April 2008. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283
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