Welcome fellow Journeyer! I thought I would tell you what I usually bring when I go hiking.
But first off let me tell you what you need to know the day before a hiking trip.
If you only have a destination without a location you can use Alltrails.com to find hiking trails near your destination. Say that you are coming to Los Angeles but don’t know which hiking trail is near you. Just use the search tool on the website and it will tell you what is near you.
Always check the destination weather before you go hiking. Knowing the weather will help you pack more efficiently. Is it going to be in the 80’s (Fahrenheit?) Then bust out them shorts and light airy clothes. Is it going to be in the 50’s (Fahrenheit?) Then throw on some hiking pants, a knitted sweater, and a windbreaker. Chance of rain? Pack a Foldable Raincoat or a collapsible umbrella.
How long are you going to be hiking? If it’s 3 miles or longer, bring some snacks. Pack a good mix of healthy foods like apples, nuts, fruits, dark chocolate, and almonds.
Does the trail you are going to hike have an entry fee? Most national parks do. The fee can vary depending on if you are driving in, walking in, or the kind of vehicle you are driving. There are some trails that are free to hike but if you want to park near the entrance there can be a parking fee. Research this so you won’t get caught off guard.
Hiking can be all fun and games but remember you are in nature. There won’t be anything conveniently close to you if something happens. Refer to this Safety 101 post by Kayley Cox for everything you need to know about being safe in the mountains.
Now that we have gone over what you need to know here is what you should pack.
Disclaimer: This list is for day hikes that are about 8 miles long. Feel free to take away or add to this list as you are packing.
- A Bag – This can be a backpack, a small bag, or fanny/bum pack.
- Phone Cord + Power Bank
- Tank Top
- Active Bottom
- Sport Sandals
- Water Bottle
- Hair tie
- Snacks – nuts, trail mix, etc
This is what I usually wear during a hike during summer/sunny weather.
(I don’t wear sneakers anymore in the summer because it’s just way too hot and going downhill is not fun.)
For Winter add:
- Thermal Set
- Long Sleeved Shirt
- Hiking Pants
- Hiking Shoes Men / Hiking Shoes for Women / Running shoes; great for traction.
- Thick Socks – when going downhill your toes will be pressed up against the toe of your shoes. The socks act as a padding and will keep your feet extra warm if needed.
- Winter Wind Breaker
- Knit Hat
- Pocket warmers
- Hydro Backpacks – a backpack filled with water.
- Hiking Sticks – to help balance out your weight.
- First-Aid Kit – Basic supplies such as band-aids, bandages, antiseptic and safety pins will be invaluable!
Let me know what you bring along with you on your hiking trips down below in the comment section?
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