I still consider myself a total newbie when it comes to hiking, but I have been asked a lot about what I recommend taking along on a hiking trip. I thought I would share a few of the hiking essentials in my adventure pack to help get you started on your first hiking trip.
- A backpack – a good hiking pack is ideal, but I started out using a vintage Jansport backpack that I had back in high school. As long as it carries your things, you’re good. Currently I’m using this Dakine bag that comes with a 3L water bladder.
- Lots of water and maybe some electrolytes – on my first mountain summit, my fingers swelled up like little sausages because I was dehydrated. I was drinking tons of water, but was definitely lacking in electrolytes. I now have a tube of Nuun tablets to throw in a water bottle alongside my water bladder.
- Snacks, snacks and more snacks – I usually pack a protein filled sandwich, fruit, veggies, trail mix, and bars to make sure I’m well fueled. Remember to carry out anything you carry in.
- Bear spray – it’s essential on all hikes. Make sure you have it within reach, not inside your pack, and that you know how to use it.
- First aid kit – I picked up one from Atmosphere and also have a multi tool, bandanna, portable charge and notebook courtesy of Clif Bar for just in case situations
- Sunscreen and bug spray
- Extra layers – you’ll want to wear something moisture wicking because climbing mountains makes you sweaty. Keep in mind the weather can change quickly as you climb and is always colder at the top, you’ll want a warm layer and a waterproof layer to combat cold, windy, rainy or snowy conditions.
- Good shoes – You’ll want something with more grip than a regular shoe. I’m currently wearing trail running shoes and they’ve been great for the hikes I’ve done.
- Camera – whether you just use your phone or a legit camera, you’ll want to snap a pic or two at the top to celebrate your accomplishment. I mean, we’re only doing it for the ‘gram, right 😉