The snowline is creeping in the upward direction which means that hiking trails all over Whistler are becoming accessible. It is common to think that since many of the trails are located conveniently close to town, there is not a need pack much more than a water bottle and maybe a light snack for your adventure. This misconception can not only lead to a less than enjoyable excursion, in certain circumstances, it can have dire consequences. To help you enjoy the many hikes around Whistler safely and have the most possible fun, we have rounded up exactly what you should be packing in your daypack for a Whistler hike!
1. Appropriate footwear
The sandals that you wear around the pool won't protect your feet from rocks and unstable terrain. Choose footwear that will keep your feet and ankles well supported.
Always carry a map with you and have an established route. This will help you if you accidentally take a wrong turn, are faced with minimal signage or have to report your location if someone is injured.
It is very easy to take longer than expected- you find somewhere to swim, get lost or linger at a spectacular view. You will be thankful for the extra energy when a hike that was supposed to be done by lunch, actually ends after dinner!
This may be obvious but having sufficient fluids is often over looked. Pack enough to last you through your hike and even a bit more. It is also a good idea to bring a water purification method as a back up.
Don't forget to pack this essential or you'll regret it later on . This is especially crucial as you get into areas that may have snow or are above the tree line where sun exposure is higher.
6. First Aid Kit
First Aid Kits are crucial but not for the obvious reason. Of course, they can help if someone is injured but the more likely use of this necessity is to fix footwear or backpacks that have broken and cover blisters.
7. Light Jacket
British Columbia is known for its variable weather so it never hurts to have some method of keeping yourself try in your backpack. Dressing in layers also allows you to adjust for the changes temperature that you may find as you ascend and descend a mountain.
8. Flashlight or Headlamp
Just in case you end up hiking later than planned, a head lamp or flashlight will come in handy.
9. Matches or Lighter
Fire can prevent hypothermia and signal for help.
10. Multi-Purpose Tool
A multi-purpose tool can fix broken gear, remove splinters, cut bandages, and so much more.
There are many beautiful hikes to experience in Whistler. To make maximize your enjoyment and ensure that you and your hiking party are safe at all times, it is very important to pack appropriately. Looking to find out what to pack for your trip as a whole? Find out what to pack for springtime in Whistler and so much more at Whistler Reservations.