The Essential Hiking Checklist: Don’t Leave Home Without These Items

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Autumn is such a beautiful time of year to spend outdoors. The leaves are turning lovely shades of red and gold, and the air feels crisp and crystal clear. It’s the perfect season for an afternoon hike in the woods because nature is beautiful to look at right now, and the weather is ideal. A typical fall day isn’t too hot or too cold, so you can work up a sweat but not get overheated, and you won’t have to bundle up in a bulky winter jacket.

While you don’t necessarily need to bring an oversized winter coat as part of your hiking gear, there are a few items that you’ll need to make the most out of your hike this season. Before you embark upon your upcoming adventure, be sure to pack these essentials.

A Hiking Backpack

A hike without the right kind of backpack can quickly turn into a disaster. You need one consisting of durable material with enough space for all of your gear. Find one that’s lightweight with a breathable fabric like cotton canvas, lightweight concealed carry jacket and ensure it’s waterproof.

High-quality Hiking Boots

Perhaps the most crucial thing to bring with you is a pair of comfortable, high-quality hiking boots. Your feetmust be dry and comfortable; otherwise you’ll be in pain, ruining the hike entirely. Look for boots that are ultralight that offer ample support. Always break in your boots before you start your hiking adventure. Wear them around the house and while you run errands to mould them to your feet. The last thing you’ll want is a stiff pair of boots, giving you painful blisters and sores. Many hikers prefer split-grain leather — typically paired with nylon or nylon mesh to provide breathability — as they’re built to last and also won’t break the bank in cost.

Thermal Socks

Keeping your feet inside those hiking boots with a good pair of socks is crucial. Thermal is the ideal material because it keeps your feet dry by pulling moisture away and enabling it to evaporate, which helps regulate temperature. The right pair of men’s thermal socks will come in crew and long lengths. Depending on the style of your boots, you can choose to wear shorter or longer socks. The most important thing is that they keep your feet dry and warm throughout your hike. 

Water Bottle and Snacks

You’re going to need to stay hydrated as you walk through the woods, so bring a big bottle of water for the day. Look for a bottle that’s well insulated (to keep the water cold), durable, and compact. Avoid big, bulky water bottles because you’ll just have to carry around that weight with you, which can become annoying and painful.

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Stay Healthy

The other thing to remember is to bring healthy snacks. Nuts, dried fruits, and hard-boiled eggs are great hiking snacks because they all provide protein and energy.

Before you begin your autumn hike, ensure you’ve got your checklist covered. Come prepared, stay warm and dry, and don’t forget water and delicious, healthy treats!

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