Few things are better than getting outside for a hike in a beautiful area. Before heading out on a hike, be sure to pack all the hiking essentials. Sun block and bug spray are a must. Delicious, healthy snacks if you get hungry on the trail. Wear breathable clothing, lots of layers, and comfortable shoes. Nothing is worse than a blister mid trail when the car may be miles away. A roll of duct tape can take care of blisters or ticks in a pinch. A first aid kit is always good to have on hand in case of minor injury. With a pack full of hiking essentials, nothing will stop you from reaching the peak. The view from the top always makes the hike worth it.
10 Hiking Essentials
A comfortable and roomy backpack is a must to hold all your supplies. This Herschel Supply Co. Dawson Backpack is both stylish and durable.
2. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit will come in handy for minor injuries. This First Response First Aid Kit is light weight and well stocked with all the essentials.
3. Sun block
Always apply sunscreen before heading out and reapply every 2 hours if you are sweating or hiking in the sun. This Sun Bum Sunscreen Spray SPF 70 is easy to reapply on the trail, hypoallergenic, and moisturizing.
4. Bug Spray
A good bug spray doesn’t have to be loaded with chemicals to be effective. Try an all natural alternative, better for your skin and the environment. This Bee Naturals All Natural Insect Repellent is an excellent choice.
5. Water Bottle
Staying hydrated on the trail will keep you energized and alter. Try a Copper Water Bottle for the Ayurvedic health benefits. Copper can help kill dangerous bacteria that water-borne diseases while supporting digestive health.
6. Healthy Snacks
Keep your energy up and your muscles fueled with some healthy snacks. Epic Jerky Bars are Paleo and made from high quality protein. Trail mix is a must for a quick pick me up.
7. Quality Socks
Top notch hiking socks are breathable and well padded to keep your feet cool and help prevent blisters. These Thorlo Padded Hiking Socks are a good pick.
8. Duct Tape
There are endless uses for Duct Tape. Bring some on your hike to prevent blisters or remove ticks.
Protect your eyes are the harsh sun with a good pair of sunglasses. These Ray-Ban Aviators never go out of style.
10. Comfortable Shoes
Hiking shoes should be comfortable, breathable, and offer good grip. This Merrell Hiking Boots will keep your feet cool and dry and your grip firm.
A weekend hike is a great excuse to explore a new town. New Paltz is a cute little town in New York’s Hudson Valley that offers many beautiful hikes, good places to eat, and interesting local shops. Check out the Guide to a Weekend in New Paltz.