Q: I want to go out hiking , but I am not sure what to pack with me. Can you help?
A: Great question. The best strategy is to plan ahead. Nature is beautiful and unpredictable. Even the best weather can change rapidly, and even the widest trail can be lost. It pays to take a little extra with you, just in case, so you stay safe and have fun. Let’s look at some of the most important things to consider…
We broke it down to three main categories – SAFETY, SURVIVAL and BASIC COMFORT
- Sunscreen & Lip Balm
- Sunglasses can also be very helpful, summer and winter.
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Smartphone, GPS, Map or Compass
- Bear bell (location dependant)
- Water (minimum 2L per person)
- First-Aid Supplies
- Pocket Knife and Multi-tool
- Matches and a lighter
- Let Family/Friend know where you are going
- Appropriate and comfortable pair of Shoes
- Rain gear and extra clothing
- Toilet Paper
And One More Thing…
Always tell a reliable person where you are going and when to expect you back, leave a detailed trip itinerary, and make sure you know your route and plan accordingly.
I love using my run-tracking app to tell me how far I’ve walked and how far I have left. Something like Map My Run or Map my Hike works just fine. There’s also a few really great apps for your inner outdoorsman like All Trailsthat will map out more than 50,000 trails in the US or Project Noah for sharing, exploring and documenting wildlife around you.
Suggestions for Nutritious Snacks that are great to pack for hiking:
If you have any questions about additional gear, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to answer them.