One of the best parts about the warmer weather coming soon is being able to go hiking or camping! I love being outside in nature and I think it’s so healing to be able to connect with the natural world around us. Having said that, making sure that you have the right supplies for your trip can be the difference between a great and a terrible experience. Here’s a list of my go-to items to bring on your next hiking trip.
- Proper Shoes and Socks- If your feet hurt during your hike, it’s going to make it miserable and you won’t be able to focus on the parts that you really want to like enjoying your picturesque surroundings or spending some quality time with friends.
- Water Bottle and Snacks- Don’t forget to pack the right foods for your trip! Hiking is strenuous and you want to make sure that you are fueling your body for that exercise. I suggest getting protein bars with peanut butter and pairing it with a piece of fruit like a banana or apple. Other good options are jerky, dried fruits, and trail mixes. Always make sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated as well as a drink with electrolytes to replace the ones you are using up. There are several different options when it comes to these types of drinks so it’s really up to you to decide which on you prefer based on taste, contents, and availability.
- First Aid Kit- Even if you are just taking a day trip on a fairly easy trail, you never know what could happen. A simple Band-Aid can help keep dirt out of a cut until you are able to get home where you can clean it better. An alcohol pad could help clean a scrape before dirt gets trapped in it. Neosporin can ward off an infection in an open wound. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
- Sunscreen, Bug Spray, and Deodorant- If you’re hiking up, you’re getting closer to the sun so it’s important to make sure that your skin is well protected against the sun’s harmful UV rays by packing and frequently applying sunblock. Next, bug spray is not something that you should skip out on. Bugs are attracted to sweat and depending on what time you are climbing, bugs can make for a very inconvenient experience. Lastly, to help keep yourself comfortable and dry during your hike, you should have a reliable deodorant like our deodorant sticks and deodorant creams. They will keep you itch free and smelling fresh all day long, even on your most difficult hikes.
- Hiking Tools (Utility Knife, Flares, Bear Spray)- It is very important to understand where you are hiking and the associated risks with taking a trip in that area. For example, if you are in a place where bears are prevalent then you'll want to make sure you are carrying bear spray and that you are prepared with the correct safety knowledge on how to behave if you encounter one. Additionally, carrying a knife with you is never a bad idea because it can be used for so many things like opening food packages, cutting bark and sticks to make a fire, or even defense if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
While most of these items are for safety and comfort, don’t be afraid to test your limits and try out new trails. The hikes are usually worth the amazing views and feelings you get when you reach the summit and can look out over the world. I have always found it very humbling to see how truly small we are as humans and appreciate how vast and free the world is. And of course, no matter what- have fun. Hiking should be an enjoyable experience that you can share with friends, family, or even strangers that you meet along the way. So explore, adventure, and make your own path as you discover what the beautiful outdoors has to offer!