For part 2 of the Ready Day Pack post I am going to discuss what I put in my pack and a brief description of how I packed mine. Having all of the gear you will need for your area is an essential part of any day trip. This is what will make your trip enjoyable rather than a complete disaster.
The first thing I put into my back was my hydration bladder. This will act ass padding against your back to provide you with a soft surface so other gear is not jabbing into your back all day. Staying properly hydrated is very important for any trip to ensure your safety. I generally carry about to litres with me on most trips to be certain to always have enough fresh water. They do also make filtration gear you can use to carry less water since it will also be one of your heavier items. To pack it the bladder will go into the sleeve designed for it on the pack.
The next item that I take on all trips is my survival kit. I am not going to go into detail about its contents since I already have another post about it. If you missed that post you can view it here. A well stocked survival kit and the knowledge of how to use it can save you life in a bad situation. One of the added benefits to my REI Flash 22 Pack is that the buckle of your sternum strap doubles as an emergency whistle. This shouldn’t replace the signaling method in your survival kit but provides you with an extra method of signaling. I will keep my survival kit in one of the packs mesh side pockets for easy access to it.
The first item I put in the main compartment of my pack is my rain gear. You will want compact and lightweight rain gear that you can use if it begins to rain. You also don’t want something that is going to take up your entire pack. I put the rain gear in the bottom of the pack since it is something that wont be damaged if my pack is dropped or sat on the wet ground. I may pack it a little higher in the pack though if I feel there is a greater chance of rain. Next to the rain gear I usually pack my first aid kit but again depending on the extras you add for a trip you may need to adjust it to be easier to get to if needed. My kit is bright red which makes it easier to find in the pack. The last item I keep in the main compartment is a waterproof pouch. Inside of the pouch I keep a small note pad, pencil/pen, map, compass, extra batteries, emergency cash, and my emergency info. I would not put the map and compass in this pouch if it were my main form of navigation as it will be harder to get to. In that case I would keep them in a separate waterproof pouch someplace easier to access.
Mesh Pouch in Main Compartment
In this compartment I keep lip balm, sunscreen, insect repellant, sunglasses, hand wipes, and an extra pair of socks. These are all thing you will want to be able to find easily but aren’t something you will be taking out and putting back often. Using this section of the pack will make these items easy to find and will keep them all in one central spot.
In the flap pocket on the top of the pack I keep my trail snacks, head lamp, binoculars, and any other items I will need to get to frequently. I keep my flash light here because it will be the easiest place to find it even if you do not intend on needing it. This is also where I keep the items I will be placing in my pocket during the trip to store them until I’m heading out.
In your pockets
This is where you will want to keep your GPS or whatever you are using as your primary form of navigation. A good lighter and a folding knife are also two things I keep in my pockets. I keep these two items on me outside of my pack since fire and a knife are my main two concerns should anything go wrong. Also they are good to have on hand for many other needs along the trail as well.
Outside of the Pack
On the outside of the pack I have attached some rope with a carabiner, a bandana, and a few safety pins. These items all have many uses along the trail and are easy to keep on the outside of the pack. If you use trekking poles they can also be attached to the outside of the pack when they are not in use.
This is how I have packed my Ready Day Bag, but that does not mean that yours will be exactly the same. When you are setting this up you will want to think about the area that you live in and also what your skill level is. I hope you have enjoyed this post and that setting up a Ready Day Pack will help you get outdoors more often. I actually got to use mine on a test run that I was very happy with. I did not use several of the items in it but the pack was super light weight and not a bother at all. There were also a few items I did end up using that I was glad to have with me.