A flashlight is very important, even if you don't plan on hiking into the night. Tree and cloud cover can make for a dark hike during the lightest of day. If you get deep in your hike and lose track of time, you may very well need some light.
When Nature Calls
Bring toilet paper. We all have to go at some point, and it would be much more comfortable if you have toilet paper with you, as you may not find a bathroom on your trail when you really need one. This can also serve as tissues when a runny nose won’t stop you from making that hike.
Hiking can make you hungry, especially if the walk you're taking will be a long one. And there's nothing like breaking bread with your hiking partners for an enjoyable bonding experience. So you will need a good picnic backpack that you can easily tote along and keep your hands free. Some of the better picnic backpacks come with (or have places for you to insert) plates, forks and knives, a picnic blanket, a cooler for water and a separate cooling area for the food.
Finally, don't forget to bring a camera. You'll want to capture the ultimate view when you reach the peak of your hike. Documenting your hike is a great way to make memories with your family and friends. It’s also an awesome way to look back on each adventure!