The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Supreme long-distance hiker Andrew Skurka shares his hard-earned knowledge in this essential guide to backpacking gear and skills. The guide covers clothing, footwear, backpacks, shelter, sleep systems, foot care, campsite selection and hiking efficiency.

Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight and Watertight 7oz First-Aid Kit: Designed as a bare-minimum ultra lightweight kit for two people, components weigh less than 7-ounces, but still contains the most essential first aid supplies. A great kit if you're a multi-sport enthusiast looking for a universal lightweight kit.

 Day Hiking Gear List

Proper planning and preparation is necessary anytime you venture into the great outdoors. Starting off with a day hiking gear list is a great way of helping you to prepare, while helping to make your trip safer and more enjoyable. Of course the gear you need to carry will vary according to the type of hiking you've planned: the length of your hike, the time of year, as well as your destination and the terrain you'll be traveling over.

Hikers should always be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions while hiking in Glacier National Park. Temperatures in the mountains typically fluctuate as weather patterns change, especially at the higher elevations.

Glacier's western valleys generally receive the most rainfall. Strong winds and sunny days predominate on the east side of the park. During the summer months, daytime temperatures can exceed 90 degrees; however, overnight lows throughout the park can drop to near 20 degrees, and snow can fall anytime. You should automatically expect temperatures to be at least 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the higher elevations at any given time.

For any extended hike it's best to prepare for a variety of conditions and pack accordingly. Dress in layers and always carry raingear in your pack. Although not an exhaustive list, the following day hiking gear list is a good starting point before heading out on your next hike to help ensure that you'll have all the essentials. You may want to add or remove items based on expected conditions and your personal needs.

 Required Gear

 Suggested / Optional Gear

 Basic First Aid Kit

Some examples of items for your First Aid kit are listed below. Customize your kit according to your personal needs. Be sure you're familiar with everything in your kit and remember to keep items up-to-date and replenished. It's also important to keep your first aid kit in a waterproof container. Finally, we strongly recommend that you take a First Aid class and a CPR class, and make sure that you keep current on these skills. (Adventure Medical Kits sells a variety of first aid kits specifically designed for hikers such as the one on the left)