Day Hikes – What to Wear and What to Bring!

When heading out on a hike it is important to be dressed in clothes that are comfortable and also practical. You want clothes that are going to keep you warm, dry and protected from the elements. The weather in the White Mountains can be very unpredictable so it is important to be prepared for many conditions, even on a warm and sunny summer day. Many people will often suggest that you “dress like an onion” when heading into the backcountry. This is a good suggestion and simply means that you wear and bring lots of layers so that as the weather and conditions change you can always be dressed appropriately by putting on and taking off layers. The clothing list below is a good list to follow for heading out on a summer day hike:

What to Wear:

  • Closed toed shoes that have good traction (hiking boots or sneakers are fine, just make sure that the soles are in good shape)

    Weather can change quickly in the White Mountains. Always bring appropriate clothing.

    Weather can change quickly in the White Mountains. Always bring appropriate clothing.

  • Good socks – wool or synthetic socks are best but comfortable cotton socks that come up above the top of your shoe or boot work well too
  • Comfortable shorts or lightweight pants (not jeans). On cooler days be sure to remember that it will be warmest in town. As you climb up a mountain, the temperature drops. If you are planning a hike on a cooler day or one that will take you to higher elevations, it is a good idea to bring or wear pants.
  • T-shirt
  • An extra warm layer (sweater, jacket, or fleece)
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Wool hat – Even during the summer it is a great idea to have a hat in case the temperature drops or you find yourself on top of a windy mountain!

There are also some important things to bring with you on your adventure to keep everyone in your group happy, healthy and safe. The following list tells you what you should bring with on every day hike:

What to Bring:

  • 2 liters of water per person (it is very important to stay well hydrated!)
  • Snacks and a lunch
  • Day backpack – ideally something with a waist belt that is big enough to comfortably carry your food, water, and extra layers
  • Small first aid kit (one per group is fine, be sure to bring some bandaids, gauze and wraps to treat minor cuts and sprains, and any medication, inhalers or epi pens that anyone in your group typically uses!)
  • Map of the area where you are hiking

    Be sure to bring a map of the area where you will be hiking.

    Be sure to bring a map of the area where you will be hiking.

  • Flashlight (with spare batteries just in case you are out later than expected)
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Camera (optional but a great way to capture the adventure and bring home some memories!)

Feel free to contact us if you need suggestions for longer trips such as overnights or if you have any questions! As fall approaches we will update with more seasonally appropriate lists!

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