There are few activities that scream summer like going on a hike. Out in the great outdoors, enjoying nature, feeling the breeze on your face. Hiking brings the thrill of adventure.
There are also few feelings worse than being unprepared for what that adventure might hold. Proper planning and equipment can help you prepare though and make your adventure even more enjoyable. An experienced hiker will tell you, a prepared hiker is a happy hiker.
Before summer plans get underway, as you are planning out your trips and excursions, take the time to go through our carefully cultivated list to make sure you have all the essentials you will need to conquer this summer.
Along with a list of everything you need, we want to make sure you get the most of your hiking experience. Be sure to read through and see what stands out to you.
1. LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottles
When hiking or exercising outdoors, water is vital. Staying hydrated is one of the greatest challenges you will face and can have dire consequences. Along with carrying enough water, you need to know that the water is clean and you can get clean water on-the-go if the opportunity presents itself.
Equipped with a 2-stage activated carbon filter, you can reduce chlorine and kill most bacteria and waterborne parasites on the spot. That means that lake or stream waters you are near can become drinking water it need be.
This water bottle is great for hiking and longer backpacking trips. While there are water bottles that are more cost-effective, the ability to create clean water on the go is a must!
- BPA free
- 2-stage activated charcoal carbon filters
- Reduces 99.99% of all water-borne bacteria parasites
- Portable with silicone drinking top
Since hydration is the most important item, we have placed it at the top of the list. It only makes sense then that we include the top of the list recommendation here. You will be hard pressed to find a better water bottle that can create its own clean water on the hike itself.
2. ATOMIC BEAR Paracord Bracelet
You never know what you are going to encounter on a short or long hike. It is best to be ready for anything. That’s why this paracord bracelet is a top recommendation. It is wearable, lightweight, and packs quite a punch. Do not worry about size or color as there are many options for colors and the size is adjustable to all wrists.
There are over 5 emergency essentials in one bracelet here. This adjustable bracelet has you covered with:
- 12 feet of paracord that is military-grade
- A compass that can help you get your bearings
- A loud whistle that can help others locate you or to scare off wildlife
- An emergency knife
- A first starter kit to keep you warm
This is a no-brainer as it is easy to carry, cost-effective, and a great insurance to your hiking experience.
3. Venture Pal Lightweight Daypack
While on a hike, you need to carry what you need for a great hike, but you also want to move your arms freely on your walk. While it is important to carry water, food, a map, and other essentials, you need mobility and freedom as you walk for support and balance. That is why choosing the right Daypack is so important.
You need to be prepared for any type of weather which is why you will love the water-proof exterior. Meanwhile, you may find yourself wanting to carry more supplies without hurting yourself. This Daypack is both lightweight (weighing only 0.7lbs) and yet it is enhanced with bar tacks, double durability, and heavy duty zippers.
The Venture Pal Daypack is spacious enough to hold everything that you need but folds down into a compact inner zipper pocket.
We highly recommend this daypack for day hiking, perhaps a two day at the most.
- Multi-Compartments and 35 Liters interior holding space
- Carry-on sized and only weighs 0.7 lbs
- Mesh shoulders and sponge padding
- Lifetime Warranty
- Multiple color options
Make sure you have what you need when you need it. Lightweight, weather protected exterior matched with a spacious organized interior, this is a great bag.
4. Columbia Newton Ridge Plus li Suede Waterproof Boot
Hiking is an adventurous endurance sport. You want a shoe to match the adventure. What is the point of hiking to see that waterfall, or to ascend that peak if you cannot enjoy it due to a sprained ankle? Why face the great outdoors when you cannot grip the earth beneath you as you hike?
The Columbia Newton Ridge Plus boots come in both men’s and women’s sizes. With a suede exterior, you can look stylish with everyday wear, and have the durability and sport to go on your trip. A dual-zone winter tread ensures solid footing on snow and ice but also general hiking on rock and dirt.
This shoe features:
- Lightweight midsole with rubber grip
- Faux leather, mesh, and suede exterior
- Metal hardware and all seams are sealed to offer protection from mud and rain
- Multi-terrain traction system to handle any terrain
When you have a shoe for all occasions, you are always prepared, regardless of the terrain, weather, or situation. The Newton Ridge Plus boots are your perfect hiking boot.
5. DANISH ENDURANCE Merino Wool Hiking Socks
What is the point of having comfortable walking shoes if your feet are not protected by durable hiking socks? Have you ever hiked, gotten your feet wet, and have had to walk back with blisters on your feet? There is no need for that situation to happen now.
The DANISH ENDURANCE Merino Wool Hiking Socks use their wool base to help keep your feet warm when it is cold out, and cool and clean in the winter. Extra seams around the toes and the padding up and down your feet reduce extra rubbing and blisters on your feet on those long hikes.
These socks also include enough mesh to allow for airflows to cool your feet and the wool wicks moisture away.
- 33% Merino Wool, 33% Acrylic, 33% Polyamide, 1% Elastane
- Uses natural properties of wool and the technology of mesh to protect feet
- Extra cushioning and padding in high impact and high-wear areas
- Unisex with many sizing options
Don’t take our word for it though, the Danish mountaineer Rasmus Kragh, who was the first Dane to climb Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, endorses and helped develop them. Climb and hike with the best of them!
6. Pocket Blanket
Whether you are hiking for a picnic, a sunset, or want to stop in a meadow, having a lightweight, pocket sized blanket is a must. While it can fold into the palm of your hand, this waterproof blanket can unfold to nearly 5 feet by 5 feet!
Equally perfect for a hike as well as a beach day, you can find comfort and protection in any situation. It can travel in your backpack, your pocket, or attach via its own carabiner.
While it is waterproof, it is also sandproof and windproof. It comes with 4 corner sand pockets to help hold the blanket down so it does not blow away on those nice mountaintops you will picnic at.
Nothing is worse than a great tarp that tears, which is why it is so exciting that this blanket is tear resistant with reinforced rip stop nylon!
The Pocket Blanket has the following features that we love:
- It comes in many colors
- Unfolds to 56’’ x 60”
- Comfortably seats 2 adults or 4 children
- Folds down to pocket-sized
- Weatherproof, water proof, sandproof, and windproof
- Non-absorbent material and seam sealed with sewn-in grommets for stake downs.
- Durable and reinforced material
- Great return policy as the company stands by their product
This item offers too much, for so little, and takes up so little space that we just had to include it in our list of essential hiking items.
7. I GO Compact First Aid Kit
Let’s face it, even when you are well prepared and a well-seasoned hiker, things can go wrong. When they do, good socks, great shoes, even a paracord bracelet with a whistle are not enough. One of the best ways to enjoy your hike is to know that you are prepared for the worst.
The I GO First Aid kit only weighs .56 lbs but it gets the job done. It is compact, hard cased, FDA approved, and used by nurses, doctors, and hospitals.
With over 85 items, you know any cuts, scrapes, rashes, or worse can be treated quickly and with care. Everything you need is organized with dividers and flaps for easy, quick access.
The I GO First Aid Kit comes with the following:
- First Aid Guide
- Numerous different sizes of bandages, dressings, and gauze pads
- Tweezers for those nasty splinters
- Mini rescue whistle
- Sting relief pads and antiseptic towelettes
- And much more
Preparing for what could go wrong allows you to relax and enjoy the hike knowing that you are supported in your hike. Carry your security in a compact, organized, lightweight case and adventure away!
8) Wsky LED Tactical Flashlight
Whether it is to explore a certain area, light your way, or have a hike to a picnic under the stars, you want a course of light with you. We have found no better than the Wksy LED Tactical Flashlight S2000. With its’ advanced lighting technology, and zooming capacity you can focus right on something up to 1200 feet away from you.
Along with focusing, the wide beam mode can light a whole room. No need for a lantern!
The S2000 uses only 3 standard AAA batteries but is over 20 times brighter than the old flashlight models. This is because of the T6S wick chip which is larger and brighter than other LED flashlights.
With so much power behind it, it is surprising how compact it is. It will easily fit in your pack back or even car glove compartment. It comes with a pocket-friendly belt clip and the anti-slip grip makes it easy to hold onto.
- Only 5.1 inches long and 1.3 inches wide
- Weighs 10.4 ounces
- Runs off 3 AAA batteries
- 5 different operating modes
- Hand strap, pocket belt, and anti-slip grip
Few things beat a good flashlight and few flashlights beat this one in our opinion.
9. Shark Lock Silicone Food Storage Bag
What is the point of enjoying the great outdoors if you carry single-use plastic bags in with you? Every good hike must have an abundance of adventure, water, and FOOD! Sometimes hiking snacks are the best part of the trip. Why not keep with protecting and enjoying the outdoors and have reusable, washable silicone food storage bags?
These bags are airtight and waterproof and work to keep your food fresh. They are freezer safe, oven safe, and microwave safe. Great for both bold food and warming food up when need be. Think of all the hundreds of plastic bags to hold trail mix that you have used over the years. This one bag alone can replace all of those.
This pack comes with 6 bags total of varying sizes and colors.
These bags are:
- FDA approved and BPA free
- Non-toxic, odorless, food grade
- Phthalate free
- Freezer safe and can withstand extremer cold and heat
With your hiking gear, you are saying to the world that you want to experience the earth and the great outdoors. These bags are a great way to protect and preserve nature as well as carry what you need for fuel and food.
Enjoy Your Hike
While all of the above are essential items, perhaps the most important carry for your hike is your well-being. Nature is as we find it, and it is beautiful. Enjoy yourself, knowing that you have what you need, when you need it. Be prepared for the worst so you can enjoy the best. Hike well and may the wind be at your back!