I’m going to be going on a hike with my brother, our cousins, & a few friends this weekend. I made a guide of my hiking essentials. Keep in mind that I don’t hike as often as I’d like to. So any tips would really help! We’re going to Alamere Falls because my brother has been raving to go there for months now. I told him I want to go to Yosemite & he said he wants to do that too, but we would really have to plan a weekend for that in advance. Hopefully we can do that this summer with our cousins.
MY HIKING ESSENTIALS:
- Re-usable water bottle: I have about 4 of these, but get this…I don’t even drink water. HAHA. I always buy them with the intent that I’ll have to make use of them, but it never happens. I really should start drinking water because my body really needs it.
- Sports bra (for females): Definitely want to dress comfortable during a long hike. Especially if you’re going to sweat!
- Loose-fit tank top: You don’t want to wear heavy articles of clothing during a long hike. I’ve felt that heavy articles of clothing weighs me down. I try not to bring a jacket with me because somewhere towards the middle of the hike, I start to feel hot & have to carry my jacket the rest of the way. I try to carry as little as possible. Again…you want to be comfortable!
- Dri-fit activewear pants: I know NIKE is somewhat expensive, but their dri-fit pants are so worth it. It’s super comfortable & light.
- Comfortable shoes: Comfortable shoes are a DEFINITE must. I think I wore my Nike Roshe Runs during a long hike/walk one time & my feet hurt a bit after. Don’t get me wrong. Those shoes are light & comfortable, but not something to do strenuous work in. I prefer my Nike Flyknits even though they’re running shoes, they’re better than the Roshes.
- Comfortable backpack: something lightweight to carry some of your things. When I’m exploring, I usually use this backpack I bought from Wet Seal because I’m not doing any strenuous work. For hikes I prefer to use a better, more fitting backpack that’s great on my shoulders.
- Sunscreen: apply before hike! who wants a weird tan or the risk of getting sunburn?
- ipod: a good playlist of music that pumps you up always helps for a long hike!
- Granola bar/sandwich: Small snacks for breaks during the hike. You want to make sure you have some energy & you also want to carry light snacks.
- DSLR: If you’re like me who likes to take pictures with something other than a smartphone, I would bring my DSLR. Along with an extra battery pack.
- Small first-aid kit: I have yet to be in a hiking situation that requires little medical assistance, but better to be safe than sorry right?