You may think of hiking as a simple activity to do on the weekend with your family. Or maybe you may be more of the rugged type who takes extended backpacking trips through national parks with only the best hiking gear. Wherever you land on the hiking scale, you’ll need the gear for your hiking adventure. We’ve put together an abbreviated guide on what to take with you on the trails.
The Bare Necessities
There are a few items you’ll need to make sure you have regardless of your skill level. But don’t worry — Sun & Ski Sports has you covered:
A Hiking Backpack is a smart purchase for even the most novice hiker. They are designed to distribute the weight of your gear evenly across your body so that you can preserve energy and easily carry your supplies. These packs come in a variety of sizes and even have adjustable straps.
Hiking Boots are an investment worth making for any level of hiker. Proper and well-fitted hiking boots are an essential piece of gear. They can provide traction, support, and even help reduce fatigue while on your hiking adventure. Keep in mind that hiking footwear comes in three weight categories. Choosing which weight category is dependent on the type of trek you plan to embark on.
Headlamps might seem like a nighttime accessory, but they can come in handy if you plan to do any bouldering, or if you come across a cave or crevice. Extra sources of light are necessary when hiking after sundown, but don’t underestimate their use throughout your hiking or camping trip!
Hydration Packs/ Water Bottles
Hydration is a must for any outdoor activity. Choose from a variety of options including hydration packs and water bottles. Hydration packs are ideal for carrying water that is easily accessible. But nothing can really beat an old fashioned water bottle. Newer models are well-insulated, durable, and even have attachment options to clip onto your backpack.
Keep the adventure going with some snacks. Options such as trail mix or nuts will give you plenty of energy to keep going. For longer trips, plan accordingly, including your way to cook food or non-perishable items.
The Multi-Day Hiker
For the more serious hikers, you’ll need the gear above plus some additional equipment.
Portable Water Filtration System
Portable Water Filtration Systems are a great companion for the avid hiker planning to be gone more than a day. Rather than trying to lug a large water supply around, you can get your water straight from the source.
Trekking Poles are a hiker’s version of ski poles. They can make your hike more pleasant by providing support and stability as you scale mountains or encounter rough terrain.
Tents are important to have when planning an overnight trip. When deciding which kind to get, it might help to think about the type of weather and climate you’re heading into.
Now you’re ready to hit the trails! We hope you find these gear suggestions helpful. If you need help determining which hiking trail is best for you, check out our blog post here! If hiking isn’t your thing, take a look at our other blog articles that cover activities like biking, running, and even water skiing! For further advice on your next adventure, visit your nearest Sun & Ski Sports.