What’s in Your Daypack?

To have a successful adventure, pack the right things. Here are some seasonal essentials for your daypack.


Your Daypack GraphicIn your day pack at all times

  • Whistle
  • Map
  • First aid kit
  • Spare batteries
  • Snack or meal
  • Lip balm
  • Water bottle
  • Pack cover
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Communication device
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Small knife or multitool
  • Ziplock or sealable container


Items for a more backcountry adventure

  • Trowel
  • Toilet paper
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Matches
  • Fire starter
  • Emergency blanket
  • Water filtration

Fall Season IconFall

  • Sweater
  • Rain coat
  • Tick remover
  • Warm hat

Winter Season IconWinter

  • Spare mitts & hat
  • Spare socks
  • Extra sweater
  • Hand warmers
  • Toe warmers

Spring Season IconSpring

  • Bug repellant
  • Tick remover
  • Rain coat
  • Warm hat
  • Sweater

Summer Season IconSummer

  • Bug repellant
  • Tick remover
  • Rain coat


  • Camera
  • Breath mints
  • Book
  • Binoculars


You can view more Safety Tips at Scouts.ca/safety.

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  • James Tucker

    What are the spare batteries for in the basic list?
    Should a a headlamp or flashlight be included in the basic list as emergency lighting can be beneficial anywhere at anytime?

  • Matthew Heimbecker

    I would think that a change of socks should be essential for a full day hike!