Top Day Hiking Packing List Items
There’s something about moderately pacing yourself through nature as you climb uphill, slide downhill. Hiking leaves you renewed and refreshed. It is the most underrated endurance workout. This activity strengthens your core and shapes your body from abs to calves, boosts brain power and activates happiness hormones. With our weekend hikes and treks, you can learn, earn return.
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The art of conquering mountains regardless of the obstacles requires some tools in your kit, here’s your checklist to packing the equipment you will need in the wild-
- Hiking shoes and backpack: When you set off for the mountains, a proper footwear can make or break your hike. Choose hiking shoes that provide adequate support, comfort and durability; while preventing damage to your feet. Size a backpack depending on the duration of your activity- daypacks range from 20 liters to 35 liters and smaller ones for half day hikes. You’ll want a larger pack in the 35-liter range for all-day hikes so you can carry extra water, food, clothing, and other essentials.
- Navigation: If you don’t know how to, beforehand, learn and understand how to read a map. And use a compass in case you land disoriented on your path. Hikers also use GPS to track movement and there are a variety of models to choose from but be sure that the one you will have provides live data on location, saves trips and routes and gives accurate altitude information.
- Headlamp: illuminate your path and find your way easier and better when you have a lightsource with you, especially mounted on your head. Using torches is fine too but with a heavy backpack, you will want to keep your hands free.
- Sun Protection: Carry sun protection in the form of sunscreen to shield from the ultraviolet rays and sunglasses to screen your eyes. Wear multiple layers of clothing to avoid sunburns and for insulation.
- First Aid: It is of utmost importance to carry a first-aid kit. When you come with our group hikes and treks, we do carry one, so that’s one thing off your list. A handy and versatile object to carry is wet wipes and sanitizer for hygiene and to keep the germs off.
- Knife and gear repair kit: They are handy for gear repair, food prep, first aid, or any other situation that may arise during your hike. The basic knife may have only a single fold out blade with elaborate knives and tools all in one. You can also carry a gear repair kit for multi day treks with common items including duct tape, cordage, fabric repair tape, zip ties, safety pins, extra tent poles, stove, sleeping pad and crampons.
- Firestarter: As the name suggests, it is a device for starting fires and mountain climbers typically use one that is designed to create fire in all weathers, climates and altitudes. Options include dry tinder tucked away in a plastic bag, candles, priming paste, heat “nuggets” (chipped-wood clusters soaked in resin) and even lint trappings from a household clothes dryer.
- Nutrition and hydration: These will help you go a long way, literally. Always pack at least an extra day’s worth of food and water. Pack food items that have a long-shelf life. These include trail mix, energy bars, nuts, dried fruits, jerky. An insider tip when you are trying to figure out how much water to carry, consider that most people require about half liter per hour doing moderate activity in a tolerable temperature. Carry accordingly based on the temperature of the location, altitude and some extra for emergency.
- Trekking poles: While hiking is a killer cross training method, strengthens your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves and keeps your body stabilized and upright; it can also put a strain on your lower body. Using Trekking poles can be relieving as it takes the pressure off your knees and ankles. They come in pairs and are ideal for hikes on uneven and rocky ground.
When packing, find balance between what you really need and what you don’t need.