We’ve been hiking every week, since I’ve joined the #52hikechallenge, so I’ve started to have hiking essentials to bring with me, to make sure I’m prepared. Today I’m sharing my Hiking Essentials.
Plan The Hike
Look on the AllTrails app or ask in a local group, so you know how long what to expect during the hike.
We personally do hikes 5 miles or shorter, so that reduces the need of preparation and what to bring on those hikes.
Bring a Backpack
I hate carrying things and with my back injury, I carry a waist pocket bag or small backpack.
My backpack is super light and has a ton of pockets.
Food & Water
I usually don’t eat, nor drink during those short trails, to avoid the need for a bathroom, but I always bring a small bottle of water and a snack bar.
However, if you’re going on a long hike or intend to spend the night at the top of the hill, you might want to bring food you’ve already prepared at home or something like a propane stove and a small propane cylinder bought from the suppliers like Kelly Propane and Fuel, so you can cook your favourite meals up there. Well! Who wouldn’t want to eat delicious meals while admiring a stunning view?
Nuts, cheese stick, crackers are also great snacks to bring on the trail.
I love the elevation keto bars! They are small and only have 3g of carbs, if you are on healthy lifestyle!
Love bringing small packages of nuts with me as well!
Just remember to keep the bags inside your pocket or bag, no trash left behind.
Protect Your Skin
I apply sunblock at home and I bring it with me, because you never know.
This is my favorite because it also gives you the anti-aging element:
I also apply lipgloss or lip balm.
No need to add a ton of makeup to go hiking. For me, the products are more for protection.
Protect Your Eyes
Just as important as protecting your skin is protecting your eyes. The higher you climb, the stronger the UV gets. Bring snow into the mix and you can actually go temporarily blind by the glare of the sun reflecting off the snow. To protect your eyes, it’s important to wear UV-resistant sunglasses similar to these military sunglasses. The military encounter similar environments to what you’ll experience whilst hiking, so military sunglasses will do more than enough to protect your vision. They’ll also help you to enjoy the view!
Hiking Must Bring Items
All pocket size, of course!
No need to explain, so many different needs for tissues, right?
Covid time means always have it with me!
I don’t hike with a mask, but I always have it with me.
Sometimes the hike makes me too hot, so I keep my gloves in my backpack for when I need them.
I always wear a hat, winter, spring, summer or fall!
You never know what’s going to happen, so it’s always a good idea to bring a small flashlight. Though, nowadays mobile phones have flashlights that come in handy when you need a quick light source. Before leaving for hiking, make sure you charge your phone sufficiently. However, if your Android or iPhone Flash Not Working, you may check out blogs about how to fix phone flashlights.
Pictures, videos, got lost?
To use apps, find your way out, call somebody , you’ll need a cellphone, so having an extra battery or wireless charger is always a good idea.
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