Even if you are just headed out for a few hours it is important to make sure you have certain things in your day pack. Whether you are out for a few hours or a full day you should always have enough supplies to sustain you for a full day, without bogging you down with unnecessary weight and bulk. Most of these items are common sense items to seasoned hikers, but sometimes we need a refresher, or maybe you know someone who is just getting into hiking.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of what you should have in your daypack. These items are often overlooked or forgot about. All these items can be easily packed and do not weigh much, giving you no excuse not to carry them on your next adventure.