Wondering what the ‘need-to-have’ essentials are for your Finger Lakes Trail hike? Check out our recommendations below for the must-haves during day hikes and overnight hikes:

Gear for Day Hikes

  • Small day pack
  • Clothing suitable for the season
  • Hiking boots (insulated in colder seasons)
  • Multiple pairs of socks
  • Hat
  • Map
  • Compass/GPS, guide books
  • Food, water (Emergency food + water)
  • Rain gear
  • Pocket knife
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Whistle
  • Insect repellant, sun screen
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight, headlamp, extra batteries
  • Cell phone for emergencies (service is limited along trail)

Gear for Overnight Hikes

  • All essential items except day pack
  • First aid kit with daily medications and additional items
  • External frame backpack
  • Tent, ground cloth
  • Water purification filter
  • Extra clothing
  • Sleeping pad, sleeping bag (with temperature range fit for season)
  • Nested cooking set, cup, spoon
  • Compact towel
  • Additional food, bear canister and rope for food storage
  • Backpacking stove, extra fuel
  • Personal hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, eco-friendly shampoo or dry shampoo, sanitary products