Minus33 Merino wool clothing, Gear to Take on the Trail

Proper Gear and Clothing

Having the right gear on the trail is important for safety, comfort, and enjoyment. The list of clothing and equipment below is recommended by the New Hampshire Fish & Game to bring with you any time you're venturing onto the trail. You can learn more on the hikeSafe web site.

Gear For Summer Day Hikes:

The Ten Essentials

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Warm Clothing
    • Sweater or Pile Jacket
    • Long Pants (wool or synthetic)
    • Hat (wool)
  4. Extra Food and Water
  5. Flashlight or Headlamp
  6. Matches/Firestarters
  7. First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
  8. Whistle
  9. Rain/Wind Jacket & Pants
  10. Pocket Knife


  • Sturdy Footwear and Extra Socks
  • Watch
  • Trash Bag (for trash or rain protection)
  • Light Plastic Tarp or “Space” Blanket
  • Guidebook
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves or Mittens
  • Personal Medications
  • Cord/Rope
  • Gaiters
  • Extra Batteries

Add for Overnight Trips and Groups:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Foam Pad
  • Tent or Other Shelter
  • Stove, Fuel
  • Pots, Cup, Bowl, Spoon
  • Food
  • Water Purification
  • Toothbrush, Towel, Etc.
  • Extra Clothing

Add for Winter:

Add for Above Treeline:

  • Crampons
  • Face Mask
  • Ice Axe
  • Goggles

Add for Avalanche Terrain:

  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Snow Shovel
It's important to remember that hikers not only take these items with them, but know how to use them as well—knowledge is power on the trail, so come armed with the tools and know-how to keep yourself safe every time you go out. As far as clothing goes, it’s important to use a good layering system to properly insulate yourself, or cool yourself off depending on the changing weather conditions. For more on layering, check out our Layering 101 page, where you can learn how to create the layering system that is right for you, and right for the conditions.