"The 10 Essentials" - Digital Photography Podcast 282

When you go on a hike to take pictures, you might be thinking photography, but you're also an outdoorsman, whether you want to be or not. You still need to deal with sun exposure, dehydration, and cuts and bruises. And what about being as comfortable as possible while you work?

In this episode, I cover the "10 Essentials" that you should have in your daypack, along with your camera gear. Not only will you be prepared for mishaps, you will have a more enjoyable experience.

The 10 Essentials

  • Water (1 liter or more)
  • Food (I like Builder's Bars and nuts)
  • First Aid Kit (include large gauze pads)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Matches/Bic Lighter
  • Knife
  • Map/Compass
  • 1/4 roll of TP
  • (Solar Blanket)
  • Extra Layer (usually wind breaker with hood)
  • Lip Balm
  • Flashlight (LED's are compact and bright)
  • Bandana
  • Whistle

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I've never been to California, so don't know if you have this problem there. Having lived in the Midwest and now the Northeast, I would add "mosquito repellant" to the list with the sunscreen. I only think of this because we seem to have a bumper crop of mosquitos around here lately and most of them like me a little too much! We walk mid day and they are out in force (one usually associates bug activity with sundown, not always the case!)

Also, not something to carry, but if you are hiking in "tick country" check for ticks at the end of each day. If you find any keep an eye out for any rash that follows a bite as this could signal lime disease. If you get to the doc as soon as you see the "target rash" they will give you antibiotics and stop it before it starts.

I love the list and they are great things to consider if one is going to go hiking.

Thanks for the great outdoor post. If you want to save extra space when packing toilet paper, I recommend transferring the roll to a smaller dowel and then removing it so you just have toilet paper without the huge extra cardboard piece. Just a thought for the extra light/ small pack excursions. Thanks for the podcast.


Hi Derrick! I'm trying to catch up on all the podcasts I've missed and listed t this one tonght (almost a year later). I thought this one was VERY useful. When hiking I always carried everything on this list, along with the usually necessary moleskin. That's very useful for not only blisters, but protects open (small) cuts too and can double as tape. Plus, I carry a plastic thing of dental floss. In a pinch it can act as a "rope," fishing line, or even a saw in some cases. Also wanted to mention that a bandana can sometimes be used as an aid to create a tripod-like hold for your camera. I always have a bandana with me, even at Macworld! Am enjoying catching up! Thank you.

Great tip about the bandana! Glad you're getting caught up :)