Day Hiking Checklist Washington DC

Parents on family hikes often act like pack mules, so be sure to divvy up the goods before heading out. Not only will this save your shoulders, it will give the kids a reality check. Hiking is more than a walk in the woods , but if you use our list, you'll have what you need without taxing yourself.

Washington Mystics
(877) 324-6671
601 F St. NW
Washington, DC
 
DC United
(202) 587-5474
2400 East Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC
 
Camp Sonshine
(301) 989-2267
16819 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
 
Shaolin Traditional Kung Fu Cultural Center
(301) 340-7391
1609 East Gude Dr
Rockville, MD
 
Jeff Gordon Mixed Martial Arts/bjj/muay thai,krav maga,judo,boxing
(301) 330-5425
200 Girard st#205
Gaithersburg, MD
Prices and/or Promotions
30 day Free Trial

DC Sports & Entertainment Commission
(202) 547-9077
2400 E. Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC
 
Pump It Up, The Inflatable Party Zone, Lanham-Bowie Maryland
(301) 577-7952
4230 Forbes Blvd Suite H
Lanham, MD
 
Cecil Ryu Taekwondo at Temple Hills Community Center
(301) 821-1614
5300 Temple Hill Road
Temple Hills, MD
Prices and/or Promotions
40.00

ProFIT Club
(301) 602-8142
304 E. Diamong ave.
Gaithersburg, MD
 
Washington Mystics
(877) 324-6671
601 F St. NW
Washington, DC
 

Day Hiking Checklist

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Day Hike Checklist

Keeping short and sweet hikes short and sweet

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Day hikes are a great way to explore the natural surroundings. Whether you drive to a local trail for a few hours or hike from your campground, these treks can be short, sweet and very rewarding. Even if you plan on sticking to established paths, you'll need to keep your orientation wits about you. Just because you're on a popular trail doesn't mean you can't get lost . Don't forget to pack your map and compass alongside your common sense.

While forgetting essential gear isn't unusual, many day trekkers err in the other direction and take too much. Bring what you need, but remember that you'll be carrying everything - all day. Being loaded down with excess gadgets or rations will take the fun out of a hike faster than an angry grizzly.

Parents on family hikes often act like pack mules, so be sure to divvy up the goods before heading out. Not only will this save your shoulders, it will give the kids a reality check. Hiking is more than a walk in the woods , but if you use our list, you'll have what you need without taxing yourself.

Before You Go

  • Make sure all electronic devices are fully charged
  • Leave your itinerary with family, friends or park officials
  • Check the weather forecast

Pack in Your Day Pack

  • Map(s)
  • Compass and / or GPS device
  • First aid kit
  • Swiss army knife or multi-purpose tool
  • Extra food and water
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Matches (stormproof or in waterproo...

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