Whether you're headed for a long weekend of fishing in the Adirondacks or further up the East Coast in your RV for an extended vacation in the north woods of Maine, there are certain items you definitely don't want to be without. Here is a handy gear checklist that will help make your vacation anywhere in the Northeast a lot more enjoyable.
Feet come first. Even a simple day hike can turn into a painful disappointment if you're not wearing proper footwear. Woodland trails can be an ankle-twisting minefield for the unprepared and blisters from ill-fitting footwear can ruin a nice day on the trail. Make sure everyone in your party is wearing adequate hiking boots. For day hiking, low-top models are fine, but if you're planning on carrying any kind of weight for an overnight backpack adventure, ankle-high boots will provide much better support. Team them up with a good pair of wicking socks to keep your feet dry and you'll be good to go.
East Coast summers are generally gorgeous, but head into the mountainous regions of Upper New York State, New Hampshire and Vermont and you can probably count on getting some kind of rain at least once a week. A hooded, breathable waterproof outer layer is essential (I like to carry both ultra-light tops and bottoms). If the weather gets windy, that windproof outer layer will keep you warm and it's nice to throw a shell on in the evenings around the campfire.
Bug repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses, headlamp and a lunch should all go in your daypack along with a small survival pack. Mine houses dry fire-starting materials (drier lint in a baggie is great) a windproof butane lighter, matches in a waterproof container, a whistle, compass, small knife and a small back-up flashlight with extra batteries.
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