Hikes are a great way to get out of the house and enjoy nature. However, it’s important that you’re prepared for any eventuality. If you know what to bring on a hike and how best to use these items, then you’ll be able to have an enjoyable experience every time you go hiking.
A lot of people don’t really think about what they should bring with them when they go on hikes but there are certain things that are essential – food and water being two of the most important things! You want enough food so that if you end up having to spend more than one night in the wilderness, your body will still have energy left over from eating some fruits or nuts before bedtime. Water is also very necessary.
So, in this post, I will be sharing my tips on what to bring on a hiking trip so read on…
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What To Bring On A Hiking Trip?
Are you an avid hiker? Or maybe your friends are going on a hike and you’ve never been before. No matter what the case may be, this blog post is for you! It will cover some things that I find useful to bring when hiking.
Hiking boots are important for hiking because they provide a layer of protection from the elements and prevent your feet from hurting.
The best quality hiking boots should be waterproof, breathable, durable, lightweight and have good grip on rocky terrain. They also need to be comfortable enough that you can hike all day without feeling sore or tired.
An inexperienced hiker might not know what kind of boot is best for them so it may be worth bringing a pair just in case. You never know when you’ll come across some cool new trails!
Of course hiking boots allow your feet to breathe and will give support for climbing steep hills (especially if they’ve been recently broken in). They are essential for comfort and safety.
Be sure to wear a pair of comfortable hiking shoes, especially if you’ve never hiked before. Since rocks, branches and other objects will be on the ground when you’re hiking through rocky terrain, your feet could get injured. Bring extra socks in case one gets wet. They should also have good grip on slippery surfaces so that you won’t fall down frequently or slip off a cliff pointlessly.
When choosing a pair of hiking boots for your next adventure consider the following properties:
- Fit well without making it too tight. (You need room to wiggle your toes)
- Waterproof – Be careful with water related activities as these boots are not meant for swimming! (They’ll protect the tops and insides of your feet from moisture)
- Breathable – You’ll be sweating a lot out there so constant airflow is key!
- Durable – Once again, this pair of boots will have to withstand all kinds of things like falling down occasionally and getting stepped on by other hikers.
- Lightweight – If they’re too heavy you may get tired out more quickly or not feel as much ease hiking around in them.
- Grip – Make sure your boot has good grip that can hold onto rocky surfaces well. It’s important that your boot doesn’t slip off when you step on wet rocks or otherwise because it could lead to serious injury.
Not all outdoors stores carry the same models of boots so don’t feel discouraged if one store doesn’t have the pair you want. You could also look online but remember to consider all of these features when shopping around for a new pair because one boot can fit differently from the next!
If you’re going on an extremely long hike, like backpacking through the Appalachian Trail or something, then it may be worth bringing along more than one pair of hiking boots. Make sure that your boots are comfortable enough that they last you through all eight months though!
If you come upon some cool new trails in a place that has an outdoors store then stop by and buy some brand new hiking clothes so that you can feel at least semi-comfortable during your trip.
Water and snacks for the hike
Carrying bottled water and snacks is a good idea when you go for a hike. It may not seem like you need them but an hour into your hike, you’ll definitely be glad that you brought some along and it’ll make the experience much more enjoyable.
I just wanted to add, I really love the snack part. When you’re on a hike for a few hours, it’s nice to stop and eat something. It makes you feel human again and then you can get back to your spiritual aspect of hiking. Otherwise, the snacks are great because when I’m tired I like to have that little boost of energy from some nutrition.
If you’re planning on doing more than just leisurely walking, energy bars are essential because they provide fuel for the body without weighing it down too much. It also helps get water into your body, instead of being too heavy.
Even if you are bringing energy bars or gels with you for fuel, it’s always nice to have some snacks along for extra energy. Try and bring hardier foods that will help sustain you but won’t weigh down your pack; fruit is usually an optimal choice!
A map of the trail or an app to help you navigate
I try to bring a map and a compass with me when I’m hiking, especially if I’m hiking in an unfamiliar area. This way, if my phone dies, I can find my way back to the trailhead or to an alternate trail that leads back to civilization. If I have the map and compass with me, then I won’t need to rely on my phone and will be able to get back on the trail more quickly.
But what if you don’t have a map and compass with you? What do you do then? You can use your smartphone to find your location using its built-in GPS receiver. When you know where you are, then you’ll be able to get back on the trail more quickly. Since 9 October 2014, Apple has made it possible to store maps offline in the Maps app. This means that you can download a map of an area, turn on airplane mode, and still be able to find your way back to civilization.
First aid kit in case of injury, bug bites, or allergic reactions
Bring a first-aid kit in case of injuries, bugs bites or allergic reactions on hiking day.
Be sure to pack a first-aid kit that contains: Adhesive bandages, Antiseptic wipes and cotton swabs, Athletic tape or duct tape. Blister treatments (band aids), Gauze rolls, Pain/fever relievers such as acetaminophen/ibuprofen and cold medicine (such as tylenol). A small sewing kit and tweezers. Strong pain relievers such as aspirin (if you are taking blood thinners, consult with your doctor before taking aspirin). Antihistamines(if you have allergies), Emergency space blanket or Mylar heat sheet and a whistle to signal for help. Personal medications including any allergy, heart or blood pressure medications you may need out on the trail.
Sunscreen if it’s a sunny day
The sun’s rays are powerful. They can cause skin cancer, premature aging and other health problems. So it’s important to protect your skin by wearing a hat with a brim or a visor, sunglasses that provide UV protection and sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
If you’re going hiking on a sunny day, make sure to bring along sunscreen as well as the other protective gear mentioned above. Otherwise you could end up paying for it later in life when skin cancer becomes more likely due to too much exposure to the sun’s rays over time.
The fact is, the sun’s rays are damaging. But the amount and length of time you’re exposed to them can be controlled through proper use of protective gear that helps to block those rays.
You need sunscreen even if you plan on staying inside all day long. That’s because UVB rays can pass through windows and other transparent materials like glass or Plexiglas. Even when the sky is overcast, your skin can still be damaged by UVA rays if they make it past the clouds. So it’s important to protect yourself from these harmful rays as much as possible during all times of day and year in order to stave off health problems down the road.
Insect repellent for bugs like mosquitoes and ticks
In order to enjoy a hike, people often need to pack bug repellent.
This is because insects love to bite and sting hikers on their ankles and knees as they walk by. For many of us, just the thought of being bitten or stung makes our skin crawl. That’s why it’s important for you to protect yourself from insects when you go hiking so that your day can be enjoyable instead of miserable!
But, here’s the dilemma… do you choose to use a DEET-based repellent or a natural plant oil like citronella and eucalyptus?
Deet is Sold in Stores in the Following Form:
There are many different brands of deet out there. Most people can’t tell the difference between one brand and another because they all look pretty much alike. However, if you read the label carefully you’ll notice that there are two kinds of feet sometimes (and three). There is “regular” deet which contains about 15% deet, and then there’s “extra” strength deet which contains about 35% deet. You might also see some percentage listed as “100% deet”, but this is actually just another term for the regular stuff.
Deet was first created back in 1938 by a man named Harry Jacoby (a chemist at Lehman Chemicals). It was originally designed to protect us from insects that carry malaria, Zika and yellow fever, but now it’s used all over the world for many different purposes.
But… before you go out and buy some of this stuff, let me tell you about its pros and cons so you can decide whether or not it’s right for your needs!
It gives several hours of protection against most biting insects. This means that if you spray on enough to last through your trip then you shouldn’t have to reapply as long as you remain outside.
It’s important to stay hydrated while hiking, so make sure to bring a hydration pack with plenty of water or other beverage of your choice. The last thing you want is getting dehydrated from not drinking enough water!
The first time I brought a hydration pack on a hike, it was an accident. I had just bought the pack to carry water for my dog and me on hot days at home in San Diego, so when we started hiking up Mt. Baldy one day in summer, I put the dog’s water bowl–and his pack of food!–in mine. It would have been tough to go without either for long!
I didn’t notice how much better it felt until about halfway through the hike—I found myself drinking more than usual and taking fewer breaks because of how heavy my backpack felt without all that extra weight. And my back didn’t hurt as much by the end of our 8-mile round trip climb!
When I got home, I switched out my old backpack for the hydration pack and never looked back. Hiking with a hydration pack is great because it lets me carry more water on hot days without making my back sore from the extra weight. It also means that in case of emergency (e.g., “Oh no! We’re almost out of water!”) we can always grab some more from our packs as we go–no worrying about how much weight to spare or whether there’s a source ahead.
The sun can really be blinding on a hike, especially in desert areas like Joshua Tree. You’ll want a good pair of sunglasses to protect you from harmful UV rays.
Hiking is a wonderful way to get outside, explore nature and exercise. Hikers should always be prepared for the weather, however. That means bringing all sorts of things: from proper shoes to water-resistant jackets to sunscreen. One thing that many people forget about is sunglasses!
Sunglasses are important because they protect your eyes from UV rays which can lead to cataracts and other eye problems down the road. They also provide relief from headaches caused by glare on snowy days or sunny days when you’re hiking. And most importantly, they help make the hike more enjoyable by shielding your sensitive eyes from bright light reflecting off snow or waterfalls as well as reducing fatigue in general due to less exposure to brightness over time!
Five Tricks to Keep You Hiking Strong
Hiking is a great way to exercise. The natural scenery, fresh air, and quiet time away from the hustle of the city or office can be very rejuvenating. Whether it’s an early morning hike before work or a pre-dinner hike with your spouse, hiking has its advantages over other forms of exercise because you can get so much more out of every hill and valley you climb. However, if you’re new to hiking or have only done a few hikes in the past, there are some things that you should know about doing it right:
It’s tempting on a beautiful day to want to go as quickly as you can up the mountain or through the woods. However, your pace needs to be somewhat dictated by the temperature, humidity and your physical condition on that day. Listen to your body; if you’re gasping for breath, slow down!
Watch out for falling trees
while this sounds simple enough, it’s often a problem where I live in Northern California. If you see a tree with its top leaning towards you or have any roots showing it could fall at any moment. Obviously if there are birds feeding on ants under the tree don’t stand directly underneath it either!
Humans need to stop every once and awhile when they’re exercising both physically and mentally. It allows us time to absorb our surroundings, enjoy the views, and reflect on anything we are thankful for in that moment.
This step may sound a lot like the first one, but this is more about resting during the hike. If you’ve been hiking through mountainous terrain it’s important to give your body time to recover while still keeping up with your group members or family (depending on who you’re with).
After a long day of hiking it’s good to stretch out and prepare for an even longer drive home. There are some great stretches that will help loosen up sore muscles that have been tensing up after strenuous exercise.
It’s also helpful to bring along a few other things just in case: small flashlight, extra water/beverage, first aid kit in case somebody gets hurt, and a map.
I hope you enjoyed this list of items to bring on your next day hike. It’s important to be prepared and remember that the best way is always by trial and error! Be sure to come back for more hiking tips in future blog posts!
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