Do you love hiking or do you plan on going on your very first hike shortly? If so, then you should know what kind of hiking equipment you should bring. Below are six items you will want to have with you the next time you go on a hike.
1. Backpack- When going on a long hiking trip or a short one, it’s a good idea to bring along a backpack. Short hiking trips don’t require anything extravagant, so a small bag that can hold a few things should be good enough. However, long trips require a good sized backpack that has numerous compartments and a main compartment that is roomy. A backpack should be large enough to carry hiking essentials, but make sure you choose a durable one because you don’t want it to break apart while using it.
2. Shelter- It’s a good idea to bring shelter with you, such as a tarp or a small tent, or even a hammock, which you can set up in between trees if you’re hiking during the summer months. If you’re hiking when the weather is cold, then pack a small tent that is easy to set up. Don’t forget to bring a sleeping bag too because you’ll want to keep yourself warm while camping out on your hike. If you don’t want to bring a sleeping bag with you, then bring along a jacket or a sweatshirt to keep you warm.
3. Footwear- Proper footwear is a must for hiking, especially if you plan on going through a lot of muddy areas. A good pair of hiking boots should be purchased because they will allow you to walk over rough terrain and muddy terrain much easier. Also, try to choose a pair of hiking boots that are waterproof because you never know when it’s going to rain or when you’ll come across wet surfaces. It’s a good idea to bring a pair of hiking shoes with you too, just in case the boots become uncomfortable to wear but make sure the shoes you choose are made with durable material.
4. Trekking Pole– A trekking pole comes in handy because sooner or later you may get tired of hiking, but you still want to continue. A trekking pole will make hiking easier, and you may be able to hike for longer periods of time with the right pole. Plus, a trekking pole can make going over tough terrain a little easier, but don’t buy any old cheap pole. The best poles may cost a little bit of money, but they are worth it because you can rest assure they will last for a longtime.
5. Map/Compass- If you get lost while hiking, then it’s easy to become stressed out and anxious, especially if nightfall is arriving. This is why you should bring a map or a compass with you on your hiking trip. If you end up getting lost, then you should be able to get back to your base or to the destination you’re trying to reach. If you buy a compass, make sure it is relatively new, and it works before bringing it and make sure the map you bring is new and up to date because if it’s outdated, then it won’t do you any good.
6. Illumination- You need illumination equipment, and don’t just buy a cheap dollar flashlight. Invest in a high-quality flashlight and one that has excellent battery life, but does bring extra batteries with you, as they will come in handy if the batteries in the flashlight die out. When evening arrives, you may need light, so make sure you get a quality flashlight. Also, bring some matches with you because if you have to camp for the night, you may want a fire to stay warm or to cook any food you brought with you.
Hiking is fun, but you need to be as prepared as possible. If you don’t have the right hiking equipment with you, then things can be disastrous, and you’ll end up regretting it. The next time you go hiking, make sure you bring with you the above six items because you will likely need them.