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In My Daypack This Year

I try to go through my daypack every spring and look at what is there. What needs to be replaced. Or tossed. Or added. It is a good habit, and then you don’t wish you had something later on!

And I’ll be upfront about it this year: This year I have a much heavier haul than I have in the past. Why? Well, the boys are now hiking on their own, and while they have packs, I have to carry more items that we need. Their items are not in the photo, but include extra food, juice boxes, diapers/changing pad, extra clothing for them and Alistaire’s Epi-Pen and Benadryl set we carry everywhere. Thankfully the boys carry their sit pads, hat, gloves and a few other small items.


A) Daypack of choice, a classic Deuter 40 Futura SL. (It is my go-to pack, even after years of use, I can tell you!)

B) Two 32-ounce Nalgene bottles. As noted before, I am simply not a huge fan of bladders.

C) Toilet bag (toilet paper, garbage bags, hand wipes).

D) Extensive first-aid kit due to having the kids along.

E) Sit pad, Thermarest.

F) Rain pants (REI).

G) Food bag.

H) Rain jacket (vintage Outdoor Research Wild Roses)

I) Pack cover (sourced off an old LLBean pack that fell apart).

J) Pack towel (from MSR). Kids call for a pack towel…..there will always be alpine lakes and creeks calling.

K) Wildskins arm covers.

L) Buff.

M) Headlamp.

N) Low gaiters.

O) Thin beanie hat and gloves (Mt. Hardwear hat, REI gloves)

Not shown, in hip pocket:

Multi tool/knife.

Also carried:

GPS, map(s), wallet, car keys, mobile phone (in plastic bag), whistle, small climbing carabiners on pack (for carrying kids packs if needed).

And that is my general pack for dayhikes. Overkill for some, but for my needs? About perfect!

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