7 Important Things To Pack for Your Hike

In this blog, the Rjourney team will discuss seven of the most important things you should pack and bring on your upcoming hiking trip. Hiking gear on a wooden table in front of a lake landscape.

Blazing scenic routes across the country, there’s no denying that hiking has grown to become America’s most popular outdoor activity. However, more prep and packing is involved than simply picking a path and going. Before you set out for the trails, it’s good to know what to bring, from hiking gear for beginners to veteran hikers. Let our team at Rjourney show you seven pieces of hiking gear and hiking equipment to pack for your upcoming trip.

1. Navigation

First, have a physical form of navigation to make sure you and your party know where you and your party are going. We recommend a paper map that can easily be stored in a backpack or larger pocket. Also, bring a working compass. If possible, bring a GPS as a backup, but there’s no guarantee you’ll pick up a signal. 

2. Backpack

Once you have settled on a route via your navigational device, you’ll want to decide what backpack to bring. Ensure your backpack is lightweight and comfortable and provides enough room for all your belongings, including food, water, and other essential items. 

3. Footwear

Next on your hiking equipment list, consider what shoes you’ll wear throughout your hike. One good practice for determining what footwear to wear is through the terrain and distance. For smoother grounds, lighter hiking and trail-running shoes will be suitable. For rockier roads, especially longer distances, wear boots that provide more stability and protection. 

4. Clothing

Alongside footwear, you’ll also want to determine what clothing to wear. If you’re trying to beat the summer heat, wear short-sleeved clothing. For colder weather, long-sleeved clothing will work better. Choose flexible and comfortable clothing throughout your hike, regardless of the weather. 

5. Water

One key component of proper hiking preparation is ensuring you bring enough water. As a general rule, bring half a liter of water per hour for moderate hikes in mild temperatures. The more intense the climate or the longer the walk, the more water you bring. 

6. Food

Pack several calorie-dense foods with plenty of water to give you and your party added energy across your entire hike. These foods include but aren’t limited to the following: 

  • Nuts or trail mix
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit
  • Beef jerky

7. Safety Equipment

Bring safety equipment in case your hike doesn’t go according to plan. One essential safety kit is first aid, which should contain bandages, gauze, pain relief medication, and athletic tape. Bring enough sun protection to prevent heat exhaustion and fatigue better. If you plan to hike after the sun sets, bring a light, such as a headlamp, to help guide your way. 

Plan Your Next Hiking Trip With Rjourney

Countless hiking opportunities can be unlocked when you spend your next vacation with Rjourney. With several resorts and campgrounds across the country, all with amenities, on-site activities, and areas to explore, your gateway to the outdoors is with us.

Contact us online to book your next hiking adventure today!

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