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What to bring on a day hike vs trail run

It's no surprise I'm an overpacker. Not so much on beach or family vacations, but out to the mountains? Yes, I am an absolute overpacker. I like to bring allll the things "just in case" on both day hikes and trail runs, but is it necessary? You tell me.

I always suggest being overprepared than underprepared, so if you're reading this and thinking, "ya, I'll never need that", you might be right! It will truly depend on your experience level, trail accessibility, climate and weather, and what you have on-hand (although, I'd recommend investing in these items at some point). Regardless, I'll be listing it anyway just to be safe.

Day Hike Travel Pack:

- Hydration pack

- Water (bladder and/or bottles) + extra

- Electrolytes

- Food + extra

- Outer layer

- Rain jacket

- Extra pair of socks

- Buff or neck gaiter

- Trekking poles (optional)

- First aid kit

- Sunscreen

- Sunglasses

- Map

- Headlamp

- Satellite communication device

- The rest of the 10 essentials

- ID

- Cash/credit card

- Cell phone

Trail Run Travel Pack:

- Hydration vest

- Water (bladder and/or bottles) + extra

- Electrolytes

- Food + extra

- Extra layer (outer layer or rain jacket)

- Buff

- Condensed first aid kit

- Sunscreen

- Sunglasses

- Map

- Headlamp

- Satellite communication device

- The rest of the 10 essentials

- ID

- Cash/credit card

- Cell phone

The biggest differences will likely be in the size of your pack, amount of hydration and fuel, amount of layers, and size of first aid kit.

Again, I like to bring allll the things to be safe and prepared. ESPECIALLY if you're venturing out on your own, I highly recommend packing heavy. Pack lighter when you can divvy up some items amongst you and your fellow hikers and trail runners, like the first aid kit, sunscreen, maybe even some food, etc.

Be safe out there!

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Katharine Moustakes
Hey, friend!

I'm Katharine.

I'm a personal trainer, running coaching, and nutrition coach who's stoked about lifting, the outdoors, summit snacks, and my dog.

 

I understand that fitness is not your whole life. Fitness is a PART of your life. I approach training in a way that adds value to your life and longevity, so you can enjoy being active whether you're romping around in the mountains, playing with your kids, or signing up for your first 10K race.

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