You might be wondering how to pack a backpack for hiking just a few hours…
A short day trip usually doesn’t require as much equipment, so you might be able to get by with a smaller “day pack”, However, don’t skimp on water, food, or other essential survival supplies (see Backpacking and Hiking Hydration Tips for more details about water needs).
If you’re going on a day hike out into the woods away from civilization, take along at least a small tarp that you can use for shelter if you get stranded and a jacket to keep you warm, in addition to the essentials of food, water and first aid.
And, of course, if you want to know how to pack for an overnight hike, you must add more to your supply list, including a good lightweight backpacking tent and perhaps some cooking supplies. Check our How to Pack a Backpack for more tips on how to pack for longer adventures.