I love hiking and I know you do too, That is why you are here reading this article to know or gear up your hiking on the next level. I go hike every weekend and hike one to three peaks. I tried to write on The gear or essential items I use when I go hike a short trail or long day hike.
This 10 Essentials hiking item I’m going to list are originally first created in the 1930s by the famous mountaineer at that time. It was created to help people to prepare for an emergency while in the trail. The list was made with ten emergency items which are a map, compass, sunglass and sunscreen, extra clothing, headlamp, first-aid kit, fire starter, matches and survival knife, and extra food. The hiking essentials are updated now and come in a systematic approach. Read along to know an in-depth guide on updated ten essential systems for hiking.
1. Light-Weight appropriate footwear.
Hiking footwear can be confusing. Not choosing the right hiking shoes will make your hike more tiring and strenuous. That’s why to Choose a perfect peer of shoes for your go-to hike. Hiking shoes fall into the main three categories. Backpacking boot, Hiking boots, and walking shoes. For a professional hiker, they always have these three categories of shoes as they go hike often. For a beginner hiker, buy the comforting hiking boots, When buying new hiking boots, check if its feet well and feels comfortable wearing them. The foot should not move back and forth inside the boot while hiking.
If you go hike overnight or long day hike like 2-3 days, You must have a headlamp. Hiking in the dark could lead to major injuries if you don’t bring a proper headlamp. I have seen some hikers use their mobile headlight to hike, This is more dangerous in the trail. because, Hike should use their both hand to balance in the trail, so when they use mobile the can’t balance well and also mobile headlight isn’t perfect to see the trail clearly in the dark. So, don’t forget to pack a good quality headlamp with an extra battery for long days hiking
3. Trail food and Water- Pack enough food.
Hiking is hard and tiring. It gets harder in an empty stomach. If you hike in mountain trail you will burn more calories very fast and will need refill again or you won’t be feeling the strength to keep going. So, pack a few granola bars, protein bars, or other food that give you instantly a few more calories. Bringing enough food is a must. You also could adjust some extra nutrition bars in the contingency & first aid kit.
4. Contingency and First Aid Kit
First aid kit would the must item in this list that should be packed first. It is very common in hiking, getting injured or strains. So, Without this life-saving kit, you will suffer all the hiking trail. In this little kit, you would be able to manage to put a flashlight, spare whistle, nutrient bar or dark chocolate. Don’t forget to check if your kit has medicine for blisters, cut bandage for a different size, adhesive tap, ointment and pain medication. If you go hike with a group then the first aid kit will be bit heavier with more items.
5. Pocket Knife
A simple, well-made knife is ideal for hiking. Knives are handy to prepare some food, building kindling or other emergency needs. It’s a must need for every outing in the trail.
The size of the backpack will vary on your needs and the season of hiking. You could take 25 Liters or Smaller size. I take small back when I go for a day hike and for the overnight hike I always take the 25-liter backpack with all the essentials hiking items.
7. Enough Water
Pack 1-3 liter of water based on your hiking course. If you have a water treatment system that you can use in the mountain water source that way you would carry less water. In the summer days, you would need more water than winter. Normally two to three-liter of water would be okay per person for a day hike. Adjust the amount depending on the hiking course and intensity.
8. The Hiking Plan
More accidents happen in the hiking route because hiker doesn’t plan there hiking route ahead of time, or don’t think it’s important. Make your route planned out before the day of the hike. Discuss the plan with your hiking mates, check the weather information to include in your hiking plan. Get the authentic info from the National park information center or visit the online site to know more the route. If you have any questions the contact with the park’s manager on the email or contact them via phone. They are really helpful and give your proper authentic plan.
9. Fully Charged Phone
You could think the phone is no use in the hiking trail, but It will come super handy taking selfie or photo on the top of the peak, taking the moment on the trail.
10. Rain Gear.
Check the weather forecast day before going outing. If the weather is rainy then bring a rain jacket and backpack rainproof cover.
This list is not exactly big. For short or long hike this pretty much all you need to get going. Don’t overthink on the ten essentials, Bring what you need, Don’t forget to pack important items. I wrote this ten essentials items list to give you a proper idea of what to pack on hiking. Truly speaking, As I hike most at the weekend and the holidays, I rarely use the ten essentials, I bring what I need on hiking and vary on hiking distance and time.
Basically, Don’t get too frustrated on packing items. Consider packing your backpack as light as possible. Start small, make mistakes and learn what works best for you.
I hope this hike list item will help you to pack your gear properly. If you get value out of this content. Don’t forget to share it with also your hiking buddies or groups. Also, I upload my hiking photo Instagram to follow me on there. If you have further questions. Please comment I will answer asap.