Hiking Equipment

An old bootA hike of 5 to 10- hour a day can make for an adventure. Be it a trek for a few weeks or an excursion for a single day you will find unexpected things happen while on a hike. So many different experiences await you on a particular day so slow down and enjoy it.

Having the right hiking equipment can be as important as the air you breathe, and this post is to help you prepare for the many situations that can arise during a hike.

Here are some must-have hiking equipment for you to take during your next hike:

Backpack and Rain Cover

You certainly should not forget to get a backpack. This pack will contain everything you will need on your hike. A rain cover keeps your pack and all contained in it dry. This can be the difference between life and death in certain weather conditions.

You may ask “Why get out at all if it is raining?” If you hike long you will find that rainy days are inevitable.  I love hiking in the rain and you may too. Rain happens so you better get equipped for rain for your day hike as well.

Food

Is it required to pack food during the journey?

It is always good to pack some food with you when you plan to go for day hike. Although your hike is supposed to end in 2 hours, any side trail you may interested to go may make you end up wandering in the wild  for more than 5 hours or so. You may get hungry and not have any food available near by. So it is definitely better to add some food to your list of hiking equipment.

Boots

One of the important points to note down while selecting boots is that, every pound of boot is equivalent to 5 pounds of weight at your back. This is how the body works; you will definitely feel it. Your boots should suit the nature of the trail you are planning to hike. While a pair of sneakers is enough for some trails, others really need heavy hiking boots designed for it.

Gaiters

If at all you would like to get accustomed to rains, these are essential. These are same as rain cover. The purpose of gaiters is to avoid water running along your legs and entering your boot tops.

It is a waste of time to waterproof your boots If you don’t bother to seal the big opening of your boots through which your legs fit into, duh.

Socks

I recommend you pack two pairs of socks. A sock having an outer wool and an inner polypropylene combination is my recommendation in order to keep your feet warm and dry. Test out different socks to figure out what works best for your feet.

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