Hiking is a fun, low impact way to be active, spend time in nature and get out of the house throughout the year. People can hike by themselves or in a group, and different levels of hikes require different gear. If you’re considering adding hiking to your list of weekend activities, make sure to gather hiking gear essentials for basic comfort, safety and survival.
Choosing comfortable hiking footwear is a fundamental component of an enjoyable hike. Your footwear selection will depend on what kind of hike you intend to undertake. Whether you’re going for a short day trip, a medium length trip or a long, multi-day trek, your footwear is the literal base of your hike. Hiking shoes can be categorized into four different groups: trail shoes, light hiking shoes, hiking boots and mountaineering boots. These shoes are categorized based on the duration of the hike, the terrain and the load being carried.
Hiking backpacks are a great way to carry all your hiking gear. Choosing the correct hiking backpack is crucial to efficiently packing your supplies. There are certain features that make a hiking backpack ideal. OGIO’s X-Train Pack comes fully equipped with special organization, crush resistant armored pocket, and easy access accessories pocket. Made with high tensile strength and lightweight endurance fabrics, this bag will hold up against the elements and survive for years. Constructed with comfort in mind, the adjustable sternum strap ensures adaptability and the breathable back panel allows airflow.
Navigation: Map and Compass
Even if you’re taking a short day hike, getting lost is still a risk. Taking a map and a compass will help get you back on track if you get lost during your trek. Prepare for your hike by learning the basics of using a compass and how to find your location with landmarks. You should also familiarize yourself with the trail you plan on hiking.
Water, Food and Fire
Water, food and fire building materials are vital when planning a day hike. A great option to carry water and save space is by using a durable hydration pack. Our Erzberg 70 Hydration Pack allows you to carry your water on your back, leaving it easily accessible and keeping your hands free; tubing and bite valve means you don’t have to stop to get your water out of your pack every time you want a drink. If you’re hiking for more than a few hours, it’s important to keep your body fueled with healthy snacks that have a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Even if you aren’t planning on camping, taking emergency rations and fire starting materials is important in case you get stranded.
Protection from the Elements
Being prepared for unexpected weather, natural pests, injuries and other emergencies is a huge must when going on a hike. A basic first aid kit should be enough for a short day hike, and should be adequate for treating minor injuries. You should also pack supplies for a variety of weather. From sun protection to insulation to raingear, being prepared for changing elements can save you a lot of grief if you’re hit with an unexpected rain storm or caught in the sun. Insect repellant is also a must.
Packing this essential gear will help you be safely prepared for your hiking adventure. Whether you’re a hiking beginner or a seasoned veteran, the most important thing you can bring is your common sense! If you’re planning a hike, it’s always important to be prepared and tell someone where you are going. When you’re gearing up for a hike, shop OGIO for all your needs!