Aside from making sure that the weather is ideal for hiking and the trail is set, hikers should always remember to pack the right hiking gear. Not only will it make their hiking trip more fun, it will also make it safer. If you’re clueless when it comes to hiking gear, here are some of the things that you shouldn’t leave home without.
Start with basic gear. Always pack food and water stored in spill-proof containers. Carry additional clothing such as a jacket and hat.
Even if you’re hiking with a guide, you should always bring a map and a compass or GPS. You should always have a method of mapping out where you are and a way to find the right trail to follow. Always be prepared for the worst.
In line with preparing for the worst always carry a multi-function pocket knife. This is the ultimate camping and hiking tool and it can help you survive in the wilderness, especially if something goes wrong. Don’t put the pocket knife in your bag though; keep it somewhere that is within easy reach.
One item of gear you should never forget is a first aid kit. Nature might be beautiful but it’s also unpredictable. Aside from the usual bruises and scrapes from falls or tripping over a tree root, there are insect bites to be prepared for plus reactions to toxic plants.
A sturdy pair of hiking boots is a must. You have to have a good grip on the pathway to avoid falls, slips and accidents. You’ll be pleased you invested in a good pair of boots!
Also carry a flashlight even if you’re not planning to go on a long hiking trip.
If you’re planning on embarking on a long hiking trip on the other hand, then you need to carry a lot more gear from sleeping bags and tents to cooking gear and fire-lighting tools.