Essential items you’ll need to have to be prepared for your backcountry experience to ensure your safety and comfort. Weather can be severe, you might be out longer than expected due to whatever reasons. Knowing what to do is important to be a responsible party while enjoying hiking. Always on alert and be flexible to adjust your plan or goal.
Always start with a weather check in the morning and get it from the trusted source or your local weatherman to make sure if there are any major changes in weather activity.
2. Day Pack
You’ll need a pack to carry your goods. Higher elevation and being active demand you hydrate. It would be perfect to have a built-in hydration system and large enough to carry the day’s supplies.
Like any hiking activity or moving through your day, you will need multiple layers. Make sure to pack a light jacket to protect from rain, wind and insulating layer to keep you warm in the evening.
4. Fuel the Body
Don’t forget your lunch and trail snacks. It is easy just to pick up a boxed lunch from a nearby grocery store.
5. Trail map
Don’t leave home without one. Gauge your progress and know your capabilities so as not to get overextended
6. Bear spray
It’s one thing to have it and important to know how to use it. Don’t hike without it and every member of your party needs it. Practice deploying it in quick order and when in an area of heavy brush coverage don’t hesitate to carry it in your hand ready for use should you spook a bear.
7. Emergency whistle
Your best friend while trying to call for help, especially when it is dark.
8. First-Aid Kit
Often overlooked, but a quick stumble while hiking can lead to injury. Make sure to pick one up at the nearby local store or pharmacy.
Wet it and keep around your neck to cool off, wipe your camera or phone, make a sling—or worse—a tourniquet in an extreme emergency.
It’s a vital piece of equipment for gear repair, making a shelter, first-aid and a multitude of other uses.
11. Moleskin / blister pack
Blisters and hiking go together, especially when you are wearing new hiking boots or shoes. Don’t be the tough guy and wait until that hot spot on your foot is a full-blown blister—apply it as soon as you feel discomfort.
12. Duct tape
Gorilla tape is a great choice due to its durability.
In case of an emergency such as get lost on your trail. It will be extremely great for signaling and lighting.
14. Emergency response / Use of your smartphone
Tell someone else your plan so they can launch the search party if you are late in returning. In an emergency, always try and call 911 first and send a text message to 911. Learn how to drop a pin on Google Maps to share your location in case you need to report an accident.
More relevant for spring and fall hiking, but it never hurts to be able to make heat at a moment’s notice. A fire is a great way to signal with light and smoke to those coming to help. Carry waterproof matches, a lighter and fire starter.
You just never know what you need to tie up! Replace a broken boot lace, lash down something on your pack, splint a broken leg: Just don’t leave home without some.
17. Sun protection
Make sure to apply sun protection, bring a hat, sunglasses, and lip balm. Make sure to apply sun protection, bring a hat, sunglasses, and lip balm.
Peace, love, and happy hiking wherever you are in this lovely world!