Over the last year, many of us have come to appreciate the value of a day hike. Being out in nature with fresh air and new ground awaiting us is a fantastic feeling. It can also be a way to shrug off some of those pandemic blues, which we all know all too well. However, as fun as a good hike might be, it is also important to be safe and prepared for what nature might throw your way. One way to ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure is to start off with a well-packed hiking backpack.
Let’s talk about some must-have items for a successful hike:
- Extra socks and masks: Socks can get wet, and even in summer months nothing is worse than wet socks while hiking. Masks can also get sweaty and wet. Plus, having different types of masks may prove helpful for different activities.
- Cell phone: It may go without saying, but bring your cell phone and have the map apps ready to go. It’s also a good idea to make sure to tell someone where you are going in case you get lost.
- Energy bar and water bottle: Try to find an energy bar that is low in sodium, so it doesn’t cause blood pressure problems. An insulated water bottle is preferred, because there is nothing worse than being hot and winding up with tepid water.
- First aid kit and SPACE blankets: A small first aid kit will help with bruises, blisters and more. A SPACE blanket is small and will be a lifesaver in the event of an emergency that requires you to stay warm.
- Toilet paper, small shovel and hand sanitizer: Even if you have an outhouse, you will be glad for your own toilet paper and sanitizer.
- Hand and body warmers: Even in the summer, it can get chilly while hiking. Some hand and adhesive body warmers are essential to staying warm.
Stay warm and happy hiking!