Hiking is by far one of our favorite outdoor activities. With that being said, we have learned that being prepared and having the right gear can play a huge part in your overall experience. We are sharing our favorite hiking gear and items we always carry along for our day hikes!
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If you are choosing a boot for the first time, we would suggest going to REI or another outdoors store to have them assist with the right fit. Choosing the right size and style will help prevent blisters and discomfort on your hike. We recommend choosing a boot that is waterproof in the event you encounter creek crossings or rain and an insulated, waterproof boot for snow and the winter season.
Women’s Keen Boot
Oboz Women’s Winter Boot:
Rocky Outback Men’s Gore-tex Boot
Socks that are made with a breathable material like wool will ensure that your feet stay dry and comfortable. It is also important to make sure they are not too thin so your feet don’t rub against the boot and cause calluses and blisters.
When choosing a daypack you want to look for one that is light, comfortable, and durable. Osprey packs are always a good choice because they have a lifetime warranty with their products and will repair any damage free of charge.
We typically pack a light rain jacket when we are hiking as the climate can change in higher elevation. There have been several occasions where we have started our hike in the sun and finish with a downpour of rain or strong winds. Being prepared will allow you to stay comfortable in unpredictable situations.
Women’s Eddie Bauer Packable Rain Jacket
Men’s Marmot Lightweight Rain Jacket
Compass or Map:
While you may find and research your hike online, there may not always be cell service on your hike. It is a good idea to take screenshots of the trail information and also bring along a compass and a trail map. Some trails are not well marked so it is best to be prepared with extra means for navigating yourself back to the trailhead.
One of the easiest and most efficient ways to store water is in a Camelbak. These are great because your water is easily accessible and you don’t constantly have to reach into your backpack to stay hydrated.
We also rely on our HydroFlasks for shorter hikes. These are our top choice because they hold plenty of water and keep your drink nice and cold even on a hot day in the desert.
When choosing snacks for your hike think of what gives you the most fuel and energy as you will be burning calories. Some examples of good hiking snacks include protein bars, fruit/ dried fruit, nuts, peanut butter, beef jerky, ect.
While hiking, you are typically at a higher elevation and are at risk for greater sun exposure. These are a few items that we rely on to protect our skin:
bioClarity Sun Filter Mineral Sunscreen:
In addition to sunscreen, hats are a great option to protect your skin and keep you cool especially when your hike offers little to no shade.
In the event that you go for a sunset hike or get caught on the trail after dark, you should keep a headlamp or flashlight in your backpack. Just remember to keep it charged or have spare batteries.
First Aid Kit:
In the event of an emergency, or even something as simple as a cut or blister, it is always a great idea to keep a small first aid kit in your pack.
We also bring New Skin along on our hikes as quick protection for our scrapes and blisters. It is a waterproof liquid bandage so it will stay on and dry even when you are sweaty.