Thursday, January 26, 2023

Must-Have Things to Carry on Hiking or Trekking Trips

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Even though most people don’t have enough free time to enjoy their favorite hobbies, that doesn’t mean that they can’t have some fun and do something extraordinary every once in a while. And if you’re one of those who love being in the open as often as possible instead of doing nothing but watching TV - you’re lucky, because those outdoorsy people always have tons of options to explore! From swimming and camping to hiking and trekking, you can do quite a lot even if you don’t have that much free time. All you need to do to maximize your time in the open is to get organized adequately and pack all your essentials. In case you’re a fan of hiking and trekking, but don’t know how to do that, here are a few essential items you need to carry with you whenever you’re about to start a new hiking/trekking trip.

The backpack

This might not sound like the most important thing at first, but you can’t even start packing your essentials if you don’t have the right backpack. And if you’re serious about hiking and trekking, you can’t pick just any model - you have to ensure that it’s strong, durable, large, full of various compartments, and, most importantly, waterproof.

This is why finding a new backpack is a process that might take a while. Lots of hiking and trekking fans have several different models at home and they choose which one they’ll use depending on where they’re going and how long they’ll be staying on their trip. So, don’t be afraid to choose whichever you like first and then get a new backpack if you notice that the first one isn’t working for you. Alternatively, you can talk to your hiking and trekking buddies and buy the same backpack they’re using - if it’s working for them, it’s probably going to work for you as well.

Handy tools

Many things will be beneficial for your trip and you should have them by your side during your hiking adventure. One of the most common items is a flashlight which can be found in a very small and practical size and can be of great help if your trip turns into an overnight adventure or you stay up too late and you end up watching the sunset. In addition to that, you’ll need hand sanitizer because during your walk you’ll probably want to explore nature and will end up with potential germs on your hand. It is better to be safe and clean your hands before making a break to eat or drink water.

Also, Sunscreen, sunblock, and lip balms will be a great thing to keep in mind because people tend to forget that they need to protect themselves from the sunlight and UV rays which is crucial especially if you are hiking on a mountain. Make sure to use high SPF ratings to protect your skin and avoid any potential problems. Thi sis something you need to carry close to reach in order to always be able to use it.

Safety features

Though lots of us believe that hiking and trekking are among the safest hobbies in the world, things are quite different in reality. You can do this for ages and still run into situations that can escalate quickly and become potentially dangerous without you even noticing it. Whether we’re talking about a weather disaster or an encounter with dangerous animals, you need to be safe, protected, and always alert.

That’s why it’s important to have lots of protection by your side at all times. Navigation, headlamps, protective boots, fire matches, and sun-protective clothes are among the most important pieces you need to have whenever you go. Also, don’t forget a practical OTF knife that’s going to come in handy in different situations, from building shelter to preparing food. Speaking of which, make sure you always have enough food and water with you, as well as some extra clothes in case you get wet or muddy.

Sleeping options

If you want to enjoy hiking and trekking to the fullest, you must try doing it overnight and sleeping under the open sky. This might not look like the best way to spend your free time and enjoy your hobby, but you’re going to end up having a blast, especially if you’re surrounded by people you know and love.

But, if you want this to turn into an adventure you’ll never forget, you have to think about where you’re going to sleep and how you’re going to spend your night. Luckily, sleeping bags and tents are now easy to find and they’re more advanced than they’ve ever been, which means you shouldn’t have a problem finding models that are going to work for you. Still, when buying them, ask the salesperson to show you how to set up your tent in no time at all, and pay some extra money for a waterproof and windproof model that’s going to keep you warm and dry all night long.

Clothes, clothes, clothes

When getting ready for a hiking and trekking trip, thinking about your appearance is probably not your main priority. However, there’s nothing to do with the way you look, but with the fact that you need adequate clothes that will help you enjoy your time in the open even more and you can browse through a travel magazine to see what type of clothes you’ll need.

First, keep in mind that you need to dress in lots of different layers regardless of the weather. Most hiking and trekking trips end up being wet, cold, and windy, which is why you need protective jackets, warm socks, and quick-dry shirts. Also, don’t forget protective shoes that will keep you dry and safe whenever you go, so take some time to choose the right pair you’ll be able to use for ages.


Of course, these are just some of the things you’re going to need when you go hiking or trekking, so learn how to pack them properly, without wasting too much time or energy. And after you do, you can hit the road and enjoy your time in the open to the fullest!


Emma Joyce is an avid traveler who likes to explore new places and takes on new adventures. When she's not exploring new grounds, she's reading or writing about them.

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