There is nothing more annoying than walking a mile or two into the wilderness and releasing that you left your guidebook, water bottle or jacket back home. Make sure this does not happen to you by preparing a packing list. While this is a great practice to follow before every hiking trip, it’s much more essential for your first few trips. Here is a list of some must-have items, no matter how long or short the trail may be. Here’s some tips for what to pack for a hiking trip.
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Carry a map for guidance
Trails illustrated maps or a trustworthy guide book are good options to start with. Use the guidance to keep a track of your progress so that you are aware about your location at all times. Even if there is a minimal chance of getting lost, carry a compass in your pocket. Make sure you know how to use it.
Take plenty of water and food
Even if you are not going far, you will almost never regret carrying a bottle of water and some snacks to munch on. Don’t count on finding drinkable water on the way. Carry enough for your entire journey. Also, pack snacks that are high on energy such as, fruits, peanut butter, dry cereals, bagels, energy bars and more. Avoid carrying perishable foods especially in hot weather such as raw meat and milk products as they can spoil easily.
Appropriate clothes for hiking
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Clothing has the power to make or break your hiking trip. Depending on the weather forecast and number of days you plan to hike, pack enough clothing to get yourself through. Consider items that are breathable and dries quickly. If hiking towards higher altitude, keep in mind that weather conditions can change dramatically. So, pack for all contingencies. But don’t overdo it. Remember the lighter the better. After all, you have to carry the weight!
A small first aid kit
Another essential item to pack for a hiking trip is a first aid kit. Make sure it has everything you may need while keeping the overall weight down. Some of the most common things to prepare for are spider or snake bites, cuts, broken bones, and twisted ankles. Consider packing bandages, antiseptic, sterile pads cotton, pain killers, and scissors.
Even the most exciting and beautiful hiking trips can get ruined if you forget a few essential items. So brainstorm and think what all you are likely to encounter in the area you are visiting. Accordingly, prepare your back pack. If we have forgotten something you think is essential, let us know through comments.
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