When hiking, there are certain basics to cover. Most of this, we eventually learn the hard way! To save you from a similar fate or possible accident that could be prevented, take a look at our FDN Life list of essentials when hiking.
BEFORE YOUR TRIP – CONSIDER PLANNING ESSENTIALS
Once you have established where you want to go, get some maps and guidebooks to plot your route and look for trails. Be realistic, consider the terrain, and consider only hiking trails that you can handle. Furthermore, do not only rely on the GPS on your phone. Phone batteries don’t last long, especially if you get lost.
Technological Essentials For Basic Hikes
For some, technological essentials might indicate a portable coffee maker or a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, but for basic outdoor hikes, we are referring to communication devices only.
Technological Essentials for Advanced Hikes
Apart from all the above for short-hikes, consider the below for longer, more advanced hikes:
These are needed for personal well-being.
Health Essentials For Basic to Longer Hikes
Health Essentials for Advanced Hikes
Comfort Essentials For Any Type Of Hike:
After you find yourself clumsily scrounging around for some grass or leaves in the bitter cold, you will appreciate why toilet paper is called ‘white gold.’ Keep toilet paper in re-sealable plastic bags.
Insect and Animal Repellents combat bothersome insect bites and the scarier ones from bears, snow leopards, moose, elk, or other creatures in the area.
Clothing Essentials for Any Type of Hike:
Those types of items we only understand the value of the moment we don’t have them.
Handy Essentials For Any Type of Hike, Especially Long Ones:
Knowledge pertaining to various aspects of the terrain, the fauna and flora present, the area’s applicable hiking rules, and basic first aid knowledge can be lifesavers. Simply take an hour or so to get updated on the Alps, the Northern Rockies, or wherever you are hiking. You will find that you will be glad you did.
These are fundamental items, especially in bad situations.
Knowledge Essentials For Any Type Of Hike
Now that you know about some of the most important hiking essentials to take with you during a basic or advanced hike, its’ time to pack and enjoy nature. Happy hiking!
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