What’s in Your Daypack?

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Hiking with ages 4 and 8 is an easier gig than hiking with toddlers, but you still need more than a granola bar. Scratches and scrapes, bug bites, rain, and even a hailstorm all have followed my resolutions to “get the girls out for an afternoon.”

So, for hiking any distance whatsoever with cubs, my daypack contains the following.

DH, who just appeared over my shoulder, says that it looks like a Y2K list. He’s cute. This is not my Y2K list. I know this is not my Y2K list because it doesn’t contain an appendix of projected caloric burn rates. Or ammo.

  • Water
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper (full roll, always)
  • Matches
  • Butane lighter
  • Headlamp
  • Small sunblock
  • Small bug spray
  • Foil blanket
  • Hiking first aid kit (contents below)
  • Rain poncho (a big trashbag works)
  • Whistles (each person carries one)
  • Flashlights (each person carries one)
  • Chapstick
  • Kleenex
  • Bandanna
  • Snacks (triple the quantity that any reasonable human child would need)
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece layer

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