The ever-evolving day pack list!
As of December 2019, here is the current description of the day pack I carry on all our winter hiking and snowshoeing adventures….even if I am hiking only for an hour or so on a local trails, the consequences of getting injured can be severe. In winter conditions, the dangers of injury and hypothermia can set in quickly, so I prefer to be well-prepared!
Contents: This is a pretty standard image of contents, however, it can vary. The extra clothes I carry may vary, the amount of edibles may vary, and sometimes gear gets shared with my husband and his day pack. A few of the items in my pack have changed since these photos, as described in the narrative below.
- First Aid Kit ( for dog and human), dog booties for covering bandages, vet warp, dog wilderness first aid book
- OllyDog water bottle (you and dog can use same bottle,without sharing slime!), or H204K9 bottle
- Bendable splint, emergency stove and waterproof matches, ace bandages, 7mm line, extra leash
- poop bags
- Fire kit, RX for me, dog and human treats, eGear emergency kit, with emergency blanket , bivy sack,and other stuff, compass, emergency contact info. I no longer carry a triangular tarp that was carried in event of an emergency dog carry; I now carry a GO PRO FIDO AIRLIFT emergency dog sling. https://www.fidoprotection.com
6. (side zip pocket) Ice Picks, candy bar, hand warmers, extra glove liners, multi-tool. I also have a small container of emergency snowshoe/spike repair stuff ( wire, nuts, bolts, tape,flex-ties)
7. (Top outside pocket) Dog fleece booties, paw wax,dog treats
8. (side zip pocket) headlamp with extra batteries, rain/snow hi-viz cover for pack
9. Clipped to accessory loops/lash straps: Whistle, gear-ties, carabiner, microspikes, snowshoes, extra pole basket
I am ready for just about anything, but I have found that the most important item to bring with you on the trails is Common Sense!
November 2017: Dogs are looking forward to winter hiking and snowshoeing!
Winter 2014-2015 pack,described as below:
We have noticed that on many blogs, and social media sites, the authors often ask “what’s in your pack?”, or “What’s in your pocket?”. The respondents then explain , and often show with photos, the answer to those questions. Recently, a facebook dog hiker and paddler asked about the contents of folks’ first aid kits….we answered, and decided we’d open my day pack, and document it’s innards! So here is
Chapter 1–The Winter Day Pack (winter 2014-15)
This sums up the winter pack; we also carry a cell-phone, use TrailNote notification system, and have a map of our destination. I also carry a headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries, especially Nov-January, when it gets dark at 4-5 pm…..Camera is usually with us as well! I have also purchased an inexpensive, bright orange, waterproof pack cover….When it is snowing heavily, the pack and its contents can get very wet (even though you can see that most items are packed in plastic)…the bright color also helps us be seen in low-light situations….really do not want to get hit from behind by a skier, or a snowmachine! I also carry ice-fishing safety spikes ( the kind you wear through your sleeves), for times we may be crossing frozen lakes.