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Hiking Essentials

Getting ready for your next hike? There’s nothing we love more than getting out in nature! Of course, everyone’s trip is different - you may be bringing along a pet, dealing with a variety of weather conditions, doing a multi-day or couple hour long trail, etc. - but if you’re just getting started on your hiking journey or are wondering what you’re missing, we’ve put together a handy packing list with all of our essentials for hitting the trails! Read on for our hot tips:

1. Day Pack

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When you’re going on a hike, it’s a good idea to bring along a lightweight yet durable pack to carry anything you’d need.
We prefer a pack with plenty of pockets for storing all the essentials: keys, phone, wallet, water, and more. Our recommendation is Osprey’s Daylite Plus Daypack because of its storage, padded interior to protect your belongings, and mesh back panel for breathability.

2. Headlamp

Whether you’re on an early morning hike to beat the summer heat, or hitting your favorite trail overnight, you’ll need to see where you’re going.

We always pack a headlamp for our after-dark adventures to keep our hands free and our path visible. Our light of choice is by Black Diamond and features red light settings to reduce eye strain, a strobe, and is dimmable.

3. First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is important to have at the ready, especially on rockier or more difficult hikes. Adventure Medical Kits makes a fully prepared, waterproof bag filled with everything you’d potentially need when you’re in the wilderness: bandage materials, adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, ibuprofen, antihistamines, benzoin, moleskine pieces, and more. It all fits in one compact, durable pouch that will fit easily in your daypack.

4. Water bottle

The key to any exercise is drinking lots of water! Our favorite way to stay hydrated is with Rootblue’s insulated water bottles.

Each bottle keeps 25 oz of water cold all day and comes with a super durable carrying handle made from paracord. Getting enough water is crucial, especially when you’re being active outdoors, so always have at least one bottle filled to take along!

5. Water Purification Tablets

Run out of water? We’ve got you covered. Just fill your Rootblue bottle up with any water - a stream, a river, a nearby lake - and add one water purification tablet.

In under 30 minutes, you’ve got clean water.

We always have a few in our hiking packs; you never know when they’ll come in handy.


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