Basic Hiking Gear

Basic Hiking Gear | The Captain's Log |

What should you bring with you when you go into the woods? Pictured below is my basic kit. (Which is always a work in progress!) There are a lot of other important things you can carry with you to make a trip safer and more comfortable, but these items are ones that I find essential to day hikes or longer.

Things a kit like this should cover:


Basic Hiking Gear | The Captain's Log |

Rubbermaid tote NOT included in essentials 😛

So starting at the top left to right I have:

  • Rite in the Rain notepad and pen
  • BK11 and Sagewood Gear sheath – one of my favorite smaller fixed blades for basic bushcrafting
  • Nalgene 32 oz water bottle – Water is life!
  • Paracord
  • Handkerchief
  • Lighter
  • Alan wrench – for Becker knives
  • Ferro rod
  • Pitchwood – easy to carry tinder you can use multiple times
  • Knife sharpener
  • Leatherman Wave and a variety of bits
  • Electrical tape – also doubles as medical tape, sticks to lots of things and is small and easy to carry
  • Another pen
  • Wet Fire starter – just in case
  • Leather gloves
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aleve
  • Benadryl
  • Bandaids
  • Neosporin
  • Moleskin
  • Steristrips
  • Dental Floss
  • Nail Clippers
  • Chapstick

Not pictured:

  • Plastic Bags (garbage sized and quart sized ziploc)
  • Feminine hygiene products (i.e. gauze)
  • Bahco Laplander Saw
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Sunglasses
  • Food (almond butter, jerky, etc.)
  • Flashlight (and backup light on key chain)

Things I need to add:

  • Compass/Signaling items

Comment below and let me know what you think! What are your woods essentials?


  1. Murph

    Glad to see you’re still enjoying the light up lid! You may want a small package of baby wipes a d possibly a small sharpening stone.

    1. Captain Airyca (Post author)

      Good idea! I definitely had some nearby in my camping box, but not in this little kit.

      1. Murph

        Sorry, just noticed that there is indeed a sharpener.

        1. Captain Airyca (Post author)

          Yep 🙂

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