Rando Welcome to seek Adventure!
Rando So far, there was at least one thing I forgot to check/ bring with me at every hike.
What items have you been forgetting?
For day hikes, I usually pack these items at a minimum:
- Maps (phone or paper)
- Extra layer (depends on season but I usually bring a light sweater the tops of mountains or hills can be quite cool)
On top of that I bring my camera, and tripod everywhere I go!
For longer backpacking and overnight trips I try and plan everything out in an excel document. I created one in Google drive to track my total weight of items and also act as a checklist as I pack things.
The main part of my excel checklist looks like this:
Each category on my spreadsheet has its own tab where you can add items, add their weight, and add if I planned to take them on the trip and whether or not they were packed or not.
When filled out the spreadsheet also makes a nice graph:
If interested you can view my Google Sheets packing list here to download/copy it for your own use.
If the excel sheet is to complicated for you to edit for your own use there is a great website called Lighter Pack which is super simple to use for tracking what you are packing. You can make a day pack "list" and save it.