Your First Day-Hike Essentials
Whether you’re looking for a way to reduce stress, lose that annoying extra pounds or simply get out into nature to clear your head, hiking might be the perfect solution for you. If you aren’t a total couch potato, with a few basic steps, you could begin hiking right away. Of course, the right hiking gear is a must. Making a packing list is a great practice to follow even if you’re experienced hiker, but it’s crucial for a novice. There are some essentials you should always take along, no matter how popular or deserted, short or long, your chosen trail may be. Well, here they are!
- Well-fitting sturdy shoes or boots. Try to break your footwear in several longer walks before actually hiking in order to watch out for hot spots that could cause blisters. This is especially important for backpacking.
- Wear appropriate clothing. It’s wise to check the weather forecast before hitting the road, but take into account how quickly conditions change in certain area.
- A daypack (or backpack) is required for carrying necessary supplies. If you’re into tackling a long hike, opt for a backpack with a hip belt, since it eases the load on shoulders while allowing the strong pelvis bones to support the weight.
- Bring food. So, hiking is not a picnic, so the bottle of red wine doesn’t count as food. You’ll need something like energy bars or healthy, yet calorie-dense, snacks to boost your mood and revive the energy.
- Stay hydrated – never forget to take along a bottle of water. Yes, even if it’s a short hike, you’ll regret it.
- Sun protection is not only sunscreen, but also a hat, sunglasses and lip balm.
For a serious hike, you’ll need compass and a map of the area, flashlight, all-in-one-tool or a pocketknife and lighter (or any fire making item). First aid kit is also considered as a hiking essential. Make sure you’ve got all things we’ve listed here because only with the right hiking gear, you’ll be able to enjoy this outdoor activity to the fullest!