Items You Don’t Need to Bring When Hiking in a State Park

Hamilton County Councilman

Items You Don’t Need to Bring When Hiking in a State Park

When you really think about it, hiking and backpacking have a lot in common. You can go for an unplanned hike and still enjoy it. You can do it alone or with a buddy. And when it comes to packing, every ounce matters. This is why packing lists are essential to both activities. When you read up on hiking packing lists, avid hiker Fred Glynn claims that the items listed down are often bare necessities.  

However, that doesn’t stop a lot of people from bringing unnecessary things to their hikes.  And if you don’t plan ahead, you could end up carrying a lot of unnecessary weight for several hours.  Given that many so-called experts make packing lists, here are some items you don’t really need to bring when you are hiking in a state park.

Jewelry and Valuables

Don’t wear jewelry on your person. Leave your wallet in your car. You don’t want something flashy as wearing expensive items in a public area could attract unwanted attention. You also won’t have to worry about losing them during your hike. Trying to find an expensive earring during a 4-day hike is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Cotton Clothing

If your trek would last for a few days, avoid bringing cotton clothing. According to Fred Glynn, cotton clothes often take up more space and weigh more compared to synthetic materials. If you are hiking in the winter or during a colder weather, consider layering as opposed to wearing a bulky coat. This also applies to other items like your bath towel.


You don’t need to learn as you go or need a book for reference during your trek. If there are pieces of info that you need to remember during the trek, simply take a photo of those pages. If you are carrying a book with you to read in camp, stick with just one book, Fred Glynn suggests.

Extra Gadgets

As far as hiking is concerned, the only tech gadgets that you should bring are your smartphone, a camera, a power bank, your smart watch, and a portable Bluetooth speaker.  Anything beyond that, Fred Glynn suggests you leave out. No mobile coffee makers, no electric toothbrushes,  and no laptops. If you have a drone, only bring it if the drone footage is absolutely necessary. The same with camera lenses. Bring only what you need. If you are there simply for a hike and for bird-watching, stick to what you need.