Half and Full Day Hiking Trip Checklist

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Phoenix Area Half and Full Day Hiking Checklist 

All day hikes include daypack and trekking poles.

Items with this (***) next to them means they are OPTIONAL


Stuff to bring

Our Price

What’s It For

Arnica Lotion or Gel ***


multiple sizes

Necessary for those sore hiking muscles!

Bandanas (2-3) ***


All purpose hiking tool - use as headwear, dust cover, sweat rag, snot rag, wash cloth, napkin, etc.

Bathroom Tissue


Nose blowing and butt wiping – you may not be able to wait until you get to a bathroom!

Camera, Case, and Batteries


Taking pictures, protecting the camera & making sure the camera can keep taking pictures.

Carabiners ***


Great for attaching light, wet, or accessible items outside your pack.

Hand Sanitizer 


Anti-bacterial gel to kill, well…bacteria.

Hiking Hat


multiple brands

Sun protection.

Hiking Socks


We recommend Point 6 - founders of Smart Wool have new, but small company with awesome hiking socks.

Hydration Bladder/Water Bottles


Holds water - you need this! Recommend 3-4 liters of carrying capacity. A 2 or 3 liter bladders plus additional bottles is a good combo. Our packs are compatible with hydration bladders of up to 3 liters.

Insect Repellent ***


To repel bugs. Not many in the desert but some people just don't like any bugs!

Lip Balm SPF 15


multiple brands

Sun protection for your lips - no one likes to kiss chapped lips.

Moleskin ***


Blister prevention.

Personal First Aid Kit


Bangs, cuts, and scrapes care.

Personal Hygiene Items


Up to you what you bring BUT deodorant would be appreciated by all in the group - no perfumes or colognes though.

Prescription Meds


Ask your doctor if you don’t know.




multiple colors

They block the bright sun from your eyes.

Sunscreen SPF 30


multiple sizes/brands

Sun protection for the rest of you.

Super Salve***


Anti-chaffing, blister prevention &/or healing of minor cuts, scrapes, and chaffing.

If you wish to purchase any of the items listed above, please order well in advance of your scheduled trip to ensure product availability.
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Stuff to Wear

Sturdy, broken in hiking boots or shoes, light to mid weight, aggressive tread. We recommend a heavier boot, water proofing, or gators for snowy conditions. If you buy new, give yourself at least 2 weeks to break in, which means wear them hiking and around daily - even to bed! You must also break in old shoes you have not worn in a while or shoes you are borrowing (if you really prefer to not have your own shoes). Wearing shoes that are not broken in or are too small or too big is a HUGE mistake and will make for a very miserable trip for you and everyone in your group. Click here for information about selecting hiking shoes.

Hiking socks- we recommend Point 6 but other good brands are Smart Wool and Darn Tough. Test your sock/shoe combinations before you go on your trip.  Also try Super Salve to help prevent blistering.

Short and long sleeved shirts that are lightweight, light colored and breathable – recommend wicking material for the colder months, cotton for the shoulder seasons

Hiking or workout pants- lightweight, comfortable, quick drying to avoid chaffing. No denim!

Lightweight fleece and outer shell for layering.

Rain gear – only when dictated by weather (rarely needed) and an emergency poncho should suffice.

Tips and Tricks


Check local weather forecasts prior to the tour. We recommend www.noaa.org.


Layering clothing is essential. Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding, bunching or otherwise restricting movement.


Make sure your hiking shoes are broken in! Bring Moleskin for foot treatment. Also try Super Salve to prevent chaffing and blisters – great for feet, thighs, arms, etc.


Snacks: Lunch is provided for your hike if you are on a full day trip. Bring your favorite non-perishable hiking snacks that consist of a combination of salty and sweet:)

*** This checklist is generalized based on season and does not take into account drastic changes in temperature (hot or cold). Shoulder seasons (late September to Early May) present varying degrees of weather – late and early season cold/warm fronts. JRI recommends you over pack for the trip so you are prepared for any last minute changes in weather. Any items you do not ultimately need for the trip can be left behind in the vehicle on the morning of your trip. ***

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