Going On a Day Hike? Don’t Forget this Stuff!
There are several things that can ruin a short hike, such as getting lost or being uncomfortable. Here I will make a small day hiking list of items you should include in your small backpack. Most of this essential gear would be a great thing to have even on a walk in the park.
Being lost in the woods is a really big problem, so here are a few item that can help prevent you from accidentally spending a night in the woods. Always include navigational equipment in your hiking list.
- Compass: These are a very trustworthy tool if you know how to use them.
- GPS: Of course you need one of these! They can help you navigate out of nearly anywhere. Most cellphones are capable of uploading a GPS app, I would make sure to get one before a hiking trip. (Check to see if the app still works in areas you don’t have a cell signal)
- Map: You might benefit from one of these, assuming you know how to read one
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- Rain Gear: You can choose a high quality goretex rainsuit, or a .99 cent rain poncho from a gas station. Both will make you very happy if the weather hits the fan.
- Good hiking boots: These are essential gear for the hiker or casual wanderer. If your boots rub you the wrong way a blister can destroy your enjoyment in a big hurry!
- Sunscreen: Spending the day in the sun being cooked like a turkey dinner can take it toll on your comfort level. Be sure to pack some sunscreen and maybe even lip balm with spf15.
A hard day on the hiking trail can bring about some potential problems. Be sure to pack this gear just in case..
- Small first aid kit: These can be purchased for just a few bucks and can really save the day. The small first aid kits will typically contain moleskin to put over blisters and even some aspirin, which are good for everything from a headache to a heart attack.
- Survival kit: This will likely include a small bit of fishing line and some iodine pills to purify water in case you end up in the brush for an extended period.
This small hiking list contains some important gear that would be worth it’s weight in gold if the situation arose where you needed it. The light weight and small size of these items will make them a welcome addition to your backpack on your next hiking trip.