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Hiking Essentials: 10 Things You Should Bring On Your Hike

Hiking is a wonderful way to connect with nature, get some exercise, and clear your mind. Whether you're an experienced hiker or just starting out, it's important to always be prepared for the unexpected and bring the right essentials. Are you going on a hike soon and want to know what you should bring, then read this blog for what you should pack on your hike to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

1. Water

Staying hydrated is crucial when hiking, especially on hot days or strenuous trails. Make sure to bring enough water to last the entire hike, as well as a water filtration system in case you need to refill along the way. Check out the fun insulated water bottles we have for your hike.

2. Snacks

Fueling your body with snacks during a hike can help keep your energy levels up and prevent fatigue. Pack lightweight, high-energy snacks like homemade trail mix, granola bars, and fruit.

3. Navigation Tools

Even if you're hiking on a well-marked trail, it's important to always pack navigation tools in the event you get lost. Bring a map of the area, a compass, and a GPS device or smartphone with offline maps.

4. First Aid Kit 

Accidents can happen while hiking, so it's essential to bring a first aid kit if you need to deal with minor injuries and emergencies. Learn more about what you should put in a first aid kit here.

5. Sun Protection

Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays is crucial when spending long hours outdoors. Bring sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, sunglasses, a hat, and lightweight clothing that covers exposed skin.

6. Extra Clothing Layers 

Weather conditions can change quickly while hiking, so it's important to be prepared for any situation. Pack extra clothing layers like a rain jacket, fleece sweater, and moisture-wicking base layers.

7. Appropriate Footwear

An important factor to consider is the fit of your hiking footwear and that your shoes or boots fit properly to prevent blisters and discomfort on the trail. Make sure there is enough room in the toe box for your toes to wiggle, but not so much that your foot slides around inside the shoe.

8. Emergency Shelter 

In case you need to stay overnight or need shelter from inclement weather, bring along an emergency shelter like a lightweight tent or bivy sack.

9. Multi-Tool

A multi-tool can come in handy for various tasks while hiking such as cutting rope or fixing gear. Choose one that includes essential tools like pliers, scissors, knives, and screwdrivers.

10. Fire Starter

In case of an emergency or if you need to stay warm at night, bring along a fire starter like waterproof matches or a lighter.

11. Comfortable Clothing

Lastly, don’t forget a soft and comfortable t-shirt that shows off your love of hiking!





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