The 10 things that you need to bring with you on every hike to keep you and your party out of harm’s. Let’s get threw our hiking guide.
You’re going to want to have a map of the area that you’re going. To most people get lost that’s one of the number one reasons why search-and-rescue is called get yourself a compass make sure that you know how to use it.
I also liketo bring a GPS also know how to use it. Make sure you have waypoints set up ahead of time and definitely bring extra lithium batteries.
2. Sun protection.
If you’ve ever been out, at Mount Ranier maybe, the camp mirror you notice that the Sun reflects off the snow and it gets very bright you can get snow blind very easily. Use a good pair of dark glasses SPF 35 or greater and some lick protection.
3. Maybe the most important is insulation.
You know, no one intends to spend the night, but in case somethinghappens: somebody gets hurt, rescue might not come until the next day or a couple days, so make sure you bring a good wool hat. Make sure you bring some kind of an insulated material gloves, a parka. Rain jacket is always good if you get wet you get cold so this happens to be a nice down parka in there.
My favorite piece of gear and the one I recommend the most especially in the wintertime is smart wool. It insulates and it also keeps you very warm when wet.
You start off on a day hike, you don’t expect to be hiking at night but it happens so make sure you bring yourself a very good headlamp and some extra batteries, lithium of course. I keep my backup batteries in this little SanDisk case, and I have my extra lithium batteries for both my headlamp and my GPS right in.
5. First-aid kit
First day you can get hurt, you can cut yourself, so make sure that you’ve got a first-aid kit. You can have a small first-aid kit just for a day hike, with some capes and band-aids things, to clean a wound. If you’re going on a big hike or a big expedition you can start with a big kit and scale it down, as you need to go.
I recommend also bringing an ace bandage. Seems like people always tend to sprain their ankle or some kind of an injury, where an ace bandage is very helpful.
You need to be able to start a fire in case of emergency. That’s number one, keep warm and have a fire for food so I recommend bringing a fire starter material: some waterproof matches and maybe a Bic lighter in a waterproof container.
7. Repair kit
I always bring a little small roll of duct tape to fix things. You might have to repair your backpack or something might break also some tape is a good thing to have.
Always bring food obviously and bring more food than you think.You’re going to need in case you do have to spend the night and here I recommend compact food sources that are light and very dense. These twenty gram builders bars are good as well as the power bar. They definitely have a lot of nutrition for their size and weight.
You’ve got to have water. You can go longer without food, but you can’t go very long without water so in addition to bring an extra Nalgene and maybe a collapsible waterbag also bring yourself some water purification pills, or a water purification device like a filter.
10. Emergency shelter
We call them a bivy. Here’s a two-person vivvy and a small container and here’s a one-person bivy you can see how small these are you throw it in your pack and if you never need it – you never know what’s there, but when you do need – it it will save your life so definitely.
So that’s it that’s a 10 hiking essentials. Let’s go over a few considerations that you might want to think about one of the things I like to carry on some big trips in the North Cascades is my spot to messenger. I can check in with my wife and kids let them know that I’m ok and if I do need help, I can hit the button. It works with satellites and it works very well it’s been out for a long time.
I also recommend that you maybe bring a plastic bag. This is great for shelter, as well, as keeping everything dry. If you’re in a torrential downpour, you get wet, you get cold – you’re in trouble.
Things to think about is weight. If you go on a trip you obviously got to keep your weight in proportion to what you can carry. So scale down, or scale up things depending on where you’re going use common sense. Are you taking a long trip? Are there hazards? Is there going to be weather problems? You have be able to deal with everything. Nobody wants a call search-and-rescue, and nobody wants to find themselves spending an unwanted night in the wilderness, so that’s it that’s your 10 hiking essentials.