Thursday, September 24, 2015

Top 5 Day Hike Essentials



It's no secret that I chose to live a healthy lifestyle from crossfit, beachbody workouts to spin -- but it doesn't stop there. I live in place where adventure is endless -- hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, etc.

Before moving to Tahoe I had never really "hiked" in my life. I remember my first hike in Tahoe with my now husband. I'm surprised he stayed with me after that. As a true novice I only brought myself -- yup, no food or snacks. Good thing he expected it and brought enough for two!

Although today I wouldn't consider myself a hiking expert I'm definitely more experienced. A day hike can range from a few miles to 15ish. What you wear and bring can make or break a great day. When getting ready for a hike you always want to consider a few things: weather, difficulty and length. Hopefully my essentials will inspire you get outside and explore.

My Top 5 Day Hike Essentials

ONE | Daypack
Personally I like to carry my Camelbak on all day hikes -- whether I'm going 2 or 10 miles. Carrying a hydration pack is way easier than water bottles. I typically carry 2L of water with me. Daypacks come in a variety of sizes -- visit REI to find one that's right for you.

TWO | Water + Snacks/Lunch
If we know we're hiking a good distance we always pack sandwiches. For good measure I'll also pack a piece of fruit and a few bars, but they usually make it back to the house. Like food/snacks I always carry more water than I need. You don't want to run out of water on the trail. Not sure how much water you bring? Check out CamelBak's hydration calculator.



THREE | Moisture Wicking Gear
What you wear can make or break your hike. When in doubt dress in layers. In the middle of summer I prefer shorts, but spring or fall I prefer capris or pants. Tank / Pants



FOUR | Good Shoes
When I first started hiking I just wore regular running shoes and it wasn't until after a summer of hiking I invested in a pair of hiking shoes. Game changer! Happy feet, happy hiker.  I personally like a low/mid hiking shoe instead of a hiking boot. My suggestion is trying on a few styles/brands and  find something that works for you and your adventures. Shoes / Socks



FIVE | Sunscreen / Hat
You don't want to end a great day exploring the great doors with a sunburn. Try applying sunscreen before you leave the house and again after lunch. For extra protection on your face try rocking a hat. I'm loving THIS one.

These are just my top essentials I do also always carry a map and first aid kit. What you need will typically be determined by the hike, but you should check out REI's 10 hiking essentials list.

What's your top hiking essentials?

8 comments:

  1. Great post, lady! My husband and I are big day hikers and I think you hit all the right notes. Good shoes are probably the most important for me, just because once your feet start to go it's game over. I also always pack something longsleeved even if it is summer time. I hate being cold and when you hike a mountain it's so much cooler at the summit.

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    1. Total game over when the feet start barking! So true about summits being cooler. I packed a down jacket a few weeks ago on a hike. Husband said I was crazy, but guess what it was crazy cold and windy at the top!

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  2. Good shoes and clothes definitely make a difference! I would add mosquito repellent for where I live! And I always carry a phone...just in case :)

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    1. Mosquito/bug repellent is handy to have too!

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    1. Thanks Ladies! We need to get together soon.

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  4. I really need to invest in some hiking boots... and a hiking backpack to carry our little guy! I'd also have to add binoculars to this list, because I like to sneak in a little bird watching every now and then. Dorky, I know. ;-)

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    1. We've been looking at hiking backpacks too. Haven't pulled the trigger yet. Let me know what you end up getting.

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