When you go hiking, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, there are certain things that you must have to make the most out of your adventure. It is also important that you are prepared for almost all eventualities. You will need to pack certain essentials to ensure your trip is a wonderful experience. Therefore, we have put together the following list of the top 8 accessories that you should take along on your next hiking adventure:
The Perfect Backpack
Since you will carry your stuff probably for a long period of time and over a long distance, it is important that your backpack fits you and it is comfortable for you to carry. Look for bags with cushioned shoulder straps that will ensure comfort. An oversized bag would make hiking difficult, therefore only pack what you really need.
The ideal backpack needs:
- A rain cover
- A wide waist belt for ensuring stability
- To be lightweight
- Made of durable material to withstand weather condition
A Dry Sack
You have to be prepared for the worst just in case you are caught in a downpour of rain or snow. Also if you are carrying electronic gear with you, you will want to keep it dry and away from moisture. You can never be sure when you may be stuck in such a situation. So having a dry sack around will save you from a lot of (possibly costly) trouble.
You should carry a map and a compass always with you whenever you go out hiking. You never know when your phone will run out of battery, or your GPS fails. A compass which is equipped with a mirror can be of great help in times of distress as it can give signals to a rescue helicopter. If you are a newbie hiker, it’s advised that you learn how to use a compass before setting out on your hiking adventure, otherwise, it’s a pretty useless thing to take with you.
Make sure you always have a light source with you. You sure don’t want to get lost in the wilderness at night. It is also a great accessory to have if you plan on camping overnight. A headlamp mainly keeps you handsfree for all types of tasks including searching for something or if you walk into the night. Also, remember to carry extra batteries for the headlamp.
Protect your skin
Be sure to pack with sun protection cream and some sun protective clothing i.e. hat, long-sleeved t-shirt etc even if it looks overcast outside. You may find the sun too bright. So, don’t forget to also pack a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes and ensure you can see where you are going without the sun getting in your eyes.
First Aid is a must
You should carry a pre-assembled first aid kit or carry one of your own that has all the essentials like an antibacterial cream (i.e. Savlon), several gauze pads and plasters, adhesive tape and some pain medication. It’s vital that you have all the essentials that you might require should you face a minor medical emergency while on your hiking adventure.
A firestarter helps to jumpstart a fire which you will require in wet conditions. It ignites quickly and can maintain a fire for a long time. Just remember to stockpile wood and keep it in a dry place if possible, if you plan to stay put for a while
A basic camping knife can be handy for food preparation, or for any other emergency need (127 Hours, maybe?). It could come in useful in a number different scenarios like survival, first aid or cutting something and is a vital piece of hiking kit.
Portable water carrier
It is crucial that you have enough water for your outing and some method of purifying or treating water. This will make sure you have a ready supply of water with you at all times. A portable water pouch could help you in times of emergency. Staying hydrated is the key to making your hike memorable and free from trouble.
If you follow these hiking tips, we hope you have the best hiking adventure possible.
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