We all know how frustrating is to go on a short hiking trip and forget something vital like a flashlight or worse than that, drinkable water, enough food or, why not, sunscreen.
We will keep it short and simple by enumerating the essential gear you have to carry with you on the next hiking trip and then quickly jump to the conclusion. So to make it clear, here we are mainly talking about the essentials. Of course, you can always add optional gear and items that might make for an easier trip like an outdoor watch or a tough g-shock.
- Water or various liquids for hydration
Drinkable water is above all, the most important item you need to be sure to have in your backpack. Mainly because when you are properly hydrated you can easily forget that you will be thirsty in just a couple of hours, you should check twice before you go. Remember, you can live without food for weeks, but without water, your health is in serious hazard after only one day.
- A navigation system
Here you can rely on your iPhone although I would not recommend it because you can find yourself in the middle of nowhere with a dead phone because the battery drained out. There are a lot of cheap and reliable navigation systems which often offer better maps for hikers that you should definitely check out. I personally prefer a G-shock which comes with an in-built compass. It is more practical and it also shows time and other useful stuff.
- Flashlight or other light sources
There is not much to say here. Just bring in the most practical flashlight you have around in the house and be sure to get a spare pair of batteries just in case.
- Knife or multi-tool
A multi-tool is often a great item to have around due to its practicality. I have even seen a lot of multi tools with a built-in flashlight. If you do not already have one I highly advise for companies like Leatherman or SOG if you want to buy one. They offer incredible quality for the least amount of money.
- An outdoor watch or the best g shock you can find
I can’t tell you how many times a quality outdoor watch has gotten me out of trouble. I recommend the practical ones like the ProTrek or the G-Shock lines from Casio. They offer plenty of useful features for hikers. Most G-Shocks above $200 offer built-in ABC (Altimeter, Barometer, and Compass) sensors or fancier ones even have GPS systems. They come in really handy with all these features, and this is only one of the reasons you should get the best g-shock you can afford in order to have a good hiking trip.
- First aid kit or other items for emergencies like bandages or that kind of stuff
If you never got a cut or got injured on one of your hikes then you haven’t hiked enough. There is little chance you will get home without any scars or bleeding at the end of the trip. That is why it is important to make sure your life is not at risk in critical situations. For example, you might get a cut that is, at first glance, not a big deal but as you keep walking trying to get back to civilization you lose a lot of blood then you start to lose conscience and suddenly your life is in danger. We don’t want that to happen, this is why you should have a first aid kit with you at all times.
- Insulated comfy clothes
Make sure you get top quality clothes and properly knit all those laces. The last thing you want on a hiking trip is tiny rocks entering your boots or feeling the cold easily getting to your skin.
If you plan to sleep on track you should definitely get quality shelter with you.
That should be it, make sure to have all of these items / gear with you when going for a hike in order to get the most out of your trip.