If you’re sick of city life and looking for a brief sabbatical, it might be time to dust off those old hiking shoes, tighten the straps of your backpack and head out into the wild. Before you go, however, there are certain things you should consider such as the terrain you’ll be encountering and the gear you’ll be taking with you.
After all, you’re likely to be far from any sort of town or settlement and trekking through some arduous terrain, so it’s important that you pack accordingly. Below we’ll take a look at some essential items to pack next time you’re thinking of taking the road less traveled.
Essential Gear for your Next Hiking Adventure
Sturdy Hiking Boots
Always spend good money on things that separate you from the ground, whether it be a bed, car tires or in this case hiking boots. Since your feet will be bearing the weight of not just your body but your pack and gear too, it’s important to have reliable boots that will give you support and protection over long distances.
You might have to spend a bit of money to get a decent pair but it’s a worthwhile investment; better a slightly dented wallet than a broken fourth metatarsal.
Designed to keep your feet dry and warm when it starts to get wet, and cool when things heat up, hiking socks are almost as important as boots when it comes to taking care of your feet.
They should be able to dry quickly and be durable in the long run. If you can get your hands on them, Merino Wool socks definitely check both boxes in this regard. And if you’re looking for gifts to give a fellow traveler and hiker, then hiking socks should be number one on the list as they’re something that can always be put to use.
A Military Watch
A military watch is one of the most long-lasting and robust watches out there. The features from watch to watch vary, but in general, a military watch is water resistant, has luminescent hands and numerals, and is super lightweight. Additional features include a scratch-proof watch face, power reserve for close to 48 hours capabilities and a moon phase calendar, all of which do wonders you’re trying to navigate in the wild. You needn’t break the bank on these either. Second hand military watches of many different varieties can be found across the web on a number of sites such as Chrono24.
Lightweight and Waterproof Tent
While some trails such as the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails have simple shelters along the way to take refuge in when it comes to night time, getting space in one is never guaranteed. It’s therefore vital you always have a tent to provide shelter from the elements.
There are various things to consider when choosing a tent, but above all else it should be lightweight and waterproof. For a comprehensive list of tents check out CleverHiker’s best backpacking tents of 2017.