7 Things You’ll Definitely Need For A Day Hike

Summer is the prime time for hiking. Whether it be on a mountain or in your backyard, it is important to bring key items on your hike.

This summer, natural parks have hit an all-time high of visitors from all around the country, according to Outside Online. People are sightseeing Old Faithful, camping in Yosemite, and hiking everywhere. For those that aren’t experienced, here is a list of seven things to remember for your next hike, may it be Arches National Park or doing an easy 14er.

1. Water bottle

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This should be self-explanatory but if not, make sure to bring two if not more, 32-ounce water bottles. As the kids say, “Hydrate or diedrate.”

2. Backpack

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Carry all your hiking essentials in a backpack that is comfortable, and the weight goes onto your hips for the duration of the trip. It needs to be tight around your hips as it is where you carry the center of gravity, and the weight of the pack will be utilized most efficiently. The backpack should have 80% of the weight on your hips and 20% on your shoulders. Any more on your shoulders then it can lead to pain for the duration of the hike.

3. First aid kit

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so I definitely recommend taking a first aid kit for any scrapes and cuts that you may encounter during your hike. I’ve experienced many times when someone fell climbing over a rock or scraping past a bush, it was good to have some bandages and Neosporin to patch them up.

4. Map and Compass

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This is another self-explanatory item but crucial. If your hiking trail splits off into a variety of different paths, you can become confused quickly. Bring a trail map to be sure you are following the proper path. A compass can also help make sure you are heading in the right direction.

5. Walking stick

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Sometimes you’ll be walking over uneven terrain and to stay stable, a walking stick can come in handy. One or two sticks are good, specifically the ones that can be adjusted in size. These hiking poles are really nice, but you can always find a nice stick on the ground to use if you want to really immerse yourself into nature.

6. Snacks

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My favorite part of any hike is the snacks. How you decide to go about this part is up to you, but here are some of my recommendations. Any type of granola bar, Kind bar, or Cliff bar usually make for a great on-the-move snack. Fruit, usually dried but not always, is a great way to energize yourself for the long trek from here to there. I always like to bring some sort of trail mix that I make ahead of time. Usually it contains nuts, granola, M&M’s, and anything else I want at that time. You can also bring sandwiches if you stop for lunch, or even stuff to make them, however, you don’t want to weight yourself down so be weary of how much food you bring.

7. Sun protection

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This includes sunscreen, hats, UV protective clothing, sunglasses, and anything else you think you will need. While this all seems normal for a nice summer hike, winter hikes also require such sun protection. The UV rays reflect from the snow back at you which can lead to sun burns that you weren’t ready for.

Cameron Howell

Content Associate

Cameron is an avid traveler and has lived on three continents. He enjoys learning about different cultures and languages. Cameron loves exploring cities and going on long hikes anywhere in the world.

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