Hiking Essentials

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When going on a trip it happens too often that you have left something at home and it is too late to go back and get whatever it is you need. Use the below guidelines assist you so that you do not forget anything for your hiking trip.

Hiking Boots or Athletic Shoes

Make sure to choose footwear that will keep you safe on the trail. The best are sneakers with ankle protection. Sandals are a big no, no.


This includes a map and a compass. Learn how to use both these tools to determine where you are or where you’re going. You can also access digital trail maps using your cellphone in areas where there is network coverage.


Always carry water with you while hiking. Keep in mind that fluid loss is heightened during summer and winter. Energy drinks are also good, as they keep you hydrated. Alcohol and fizzy drinks should be avoided as they aid towards dehydration.


This all depends on the length of your trip. Pack a sandwich, some fruits and chocolate, for when you get hungry.

Rain Gear and Extra Clothing

The weather is unpredictable so always be prepared, even if you have checked the weather forecast. Take a rain coat and consider dressing in layers so you can add or remove items as the weather changes. Avoid cotton clothing as cotton traps water against your skin and it takes longer than other materials to dry such as, polyester or nylon.

First Aid Kit

Choose a compact and weatherproof first aid kit. Know how to use each item in it. In your first aid kit should be the following:

-First aid basic care

– Wraps, splints and wound coverings

– Medications/treatments

-Tools and Supplies

– Personal care and other items

Matches or Lighter

In an emergency, you may need to keep yourself or someone else warm until help arrives. Carry matches in a waterproof container to ensure you can start a fire.


A knife is an important tool to carry while hiking. A physical list of emergency numbers for the area and a lightweight emergency blanket can also be useful additions to your pack.

The above list focuses on wilderness safety, below are some other items which are also essential.

Medical insurance

Since you never know when a medical emergency might occur, having insurance and carrying your membership card can seriously help you in a time of need.


Make sure that you carry a fully charged cellphone. They are convenient and in case of an emergency you will have a way of contacting someone for help provided you are in an area that does have network coverage.



Day hiking checklist, https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/day-hiking-checklist.html

First aid checklist, https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/first-aid-checklist.html

Backpacking checklist, May 2017, https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-checklist.html

Hiking essential equipment, http://www.hikingdude.com/hiking-ten-essentials.php

The 14 essentials, http://www.backpacking.net/ten-essl.html

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