Hiking is good for the soul. It gets your body moving, you spend time out in nature, and challenge yourself to reach new heights (literally). If you’re new to hiking, it’s recommended that you start off with smaller hikes, accompanied by a buddy. This way you can look after one another should any problems arise. There are a few things you need to pack to take with you, to make the most of your adventure.

Let’s have a look at some essential, recommended items for your hikes.

Sun Protection

No matter if it is bright or dull outside, you’ll need to protect yourself from the sun whilst you’re hiking – don’t be fooled by an overcast sky, UV rays are still just as powerful. This means sun tan lotion, sunglasses and hats that shade your face. Make sure to top up your sunscreen every few hours, especially if you have a lot of exposed skin.

When it comes to sunglasses, we recommend getting polarized ones for clearer, more accurate vision on your hikes. They can also alleviate the potential of eye strain. Check out these polarized sunglasses for inspiration.

Food and Water

You’re going to need to keep your energy levels high, as well as keeping your body hydrated. For that reason you’re going to want to take along a large bottle of water and plenty of snacks to keep you going. Simple snack ideas for your hike are as follows:

  • Nuts
  • Fruit (bananas or oranges are great for hikes)
  • Cereal bars
  • Sandwiches (put in a tupperware box to avoid squishing!)
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Pasta salad

These are just some easy ideas. A general rule of thumb is to try to go for nutrient-rich foods and carbs for an energy boost. There’s nothing worse than getting hungry when you’re hours away from access to food, so don’t forget this one!

Appropriate Clothing

Hiking boots are probably the most important item of clothing that you can invest in when it comes to this sport – try to get a good quality, recommended pair. You also want to consider a lightweight jacket and backpack, as well as durable clothing that you can be agile in. 

Smart Phone and Portable Charger

Maybe this one is cheating a bit but by taking your phone with you, and a charger, you’re ticking a lot of boxes. You can download maps, check the time, take pictures and videos, contact people (if you need to and have service), use the torch and compass apps, and so on. Phones are just super handy.

Mini First Aid Kit

Hikes sometimes come with their risks – you could fall, get bitten by wildlife, cut yourself… The possibilities are endless. That is why it is wise to take a small first aid kit with you should anything bad happen. Think bandages and painkillers. It’s also recommended that you pack a swiss army knife that can be multi-purpose – for example, they can be used to cut your bandages.

Now you’re ready! Grab your boots and get your hike on.