It’s no secret that being in nature helps improve your mental health. In fact, it can also help boost your heart health and decrease the risk of certain respiratory problems.
Hiking allows you to do all those things, but you’ll need a hiking checklist before you leap into the open completely unprepared.
Read on to learn all about the hiking essentials you’ll need to stay safe and prepared.
If you’re backpacking overnight, you’re going to need all the necessary materials. Here are a few things to get you started:
- A tent/hammock
- Sleeping bag and/or pad
- Lighting (a headlamp or lantern)
There are a few more things you could bring along, like tarps and other things to keep your area dry, but safe hiking is about keeping things light so those extras are optional.
You’ll need a power supply to run your camp, and a solar powered generator is perfect for the job. If you’re taking your car up to the destination and hiking from there, you can even use that as a source of power.
Once you’ve figured out how to power your campsite, it’s time to prep for cooking. Here are a few things you’ll need:
- A stove and fuel
- Cooking pot and pan
- Potholder or lifter
- Utensils (spoon, spatula, tongs, whisk)
- Multitool for cans, bottles, and a corkscrew
- Cutting board
You can also opt to bring firewood and a grill rack if you’d like to cook over an open flame. Silverware and a cup might be necessary if you plan on drinking something besides water.
If you’d like to make coffee or tea, a percolator and something to brew your drink with are also necessary. Whether it’s a teabag, pour-over coffee maker, or even something like an Aeropress, it should be easy enough to carry in your pack without weighing you down.
You can opt to not travel with these things at all if you don’t want to cook.
Clothes are an obvious item, but you’re going to need rugged items to fit the terrain you’re venturing into. Sun protective clothing is a plus, but hiking essentials like boots, pants, shorts, t-shirts, and other items you can use to create light layers are best.
Emergency and Hygiene Supplies
Things like first-aid kits, feminine hygiene products, and items to keep yourself and the area clean.
If you’re just going for the day, you’ll only need hand sanitizer, a bandana or towel, baby wipes, and your first aid kit. If you plan on camping, you’ll want extras like a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and even a hairbrush, hair tie, and always deodorant and sunscreen.
Don’t Forget This Hiking Checklist
If you’re hiking for the first time, it’s important not to forget this hiking checklist when you leave home. It can be the difference between your safety and danger.
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