Hikers in general are an eclectic lot. If you asked 15 different hikers what kind of hiking gear you need for a comfortable day hike, chances are that you will get 15 different answers.
Of course, some of these answers will have a few items in common. You know, things like don’t go hiking in your flip flops. So preferably, the first piece of gear you will need will be good old fashioned hiking shoes.
Others will tell you that all you need is your mind and natural instinct for survival. These are the kind of hikers who believe the universe provides and that you can fashion yourself a knife using a very pointy stick.
Others will tell you to carry everything. Sleeping bags, tents, bug repellent and if possible, you should have a 911 response team shadowing you. These are the cautious kind of hikers. Maybe they have been through some kind of wilderness chaos in their life and as such are all too aware how badly things can go in the blink of eye.
Then, there is the ‘SANE’ kind of hiker. There are some essentials that you need to have with you when you go hiking but you do not need to bring every possession you have. In fact, a great deal of the world falls under this category; the kind that knows you do not have to haul the whole house with you when going on a hiking day. But that does not mean that you should be unprepared. Hiking is not your regular couch potato’s cup of tea. Aside from your fitness and health, there are several other hiking essentials that you need.
Ed. note: This is a good list, but I would add sunscreen as well.