Full Gear List of What to Take With You on the Trail
By The White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish and Game

This is a listing of the recommended clothing and equipment to bring with you any time you're venturing onto the trail. But, it's important to remember that hikers not only take these items with them, but know how to use them as well–knowledge is power on the trail, so come armed with the tools and know-how to keep yourself safe every time you go out.

Hobblebush along Franconia Notch bike path (photo by Ben Kimball) For Summer Day Hikes:

The Ten Essentials
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Warm Clothing
    • Sweater or Pile Jacket
    • Long Pants (wool or synthetic)
    • Hat (wool)

  • Extra Food and Water
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Matches/Firestarters
  • First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
  • Whistle
  • Rain/Wind Jacket & Pants
  • Pocket Knife

  • Sturdy Footwear and Extra Socks
  • Watch
  • Trash Bag (for trash or rain protection)
  • Light Plastic Tarp or “Space” Blanket
  • Guidebook
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves or Mittens
  • Personal Medications
  • Cord/Rope
  • Gaiters
  • Extra Batteries

Sugarloaf Mountain in Bethlehem, NH (photo by Webmaster) Add for Overnight Trips and Groups:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Foam Pad
  • Tent or Other Shelter
  • Stove, Fuel
  • Pots, Cup, Bowl, Spoon
  • Food
  • Water Purification
  • Toothbrush, Towel, Etc.
  • Extra Clothing

Add for Winter:

  • Extra Warm Clothing
    • Insulated Parka
    • Extra Mittens

  • Balaclava
  • Insulated Boots
  • Overmitts
  • Snowshoes

Add for Above Treeline:

  • Crampons
  • Face Mask
  • Ice Axe
  • Goggles

Add for Avalanche Terrain:

  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Snow Shovel


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