Hiking trips are excellent getaways from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Setting yourself and your companions on a nature trail in some remote location, you can experience the majestic beauty of flora and fauna – as well as a taxing body ache the next day. In order to reduce that terrible back pain, as well as to reduce any chances of getting injured whilst hiking, here are some necessities that you will need on your hiking trip:
Extra clothing – this is a no-brainer if you’re planning on camping at your hiking retreat, but even a Blue Mountain day tour will need some extra clothing in your backpack. This is because the mountain top is definitely going to be colder than the warmth of the valley bottom, and if you’re especially sensitive to the cold, you will be needing one or two extra layers of clothing. Furthermore, make sure to also pack in socks, gloves and other necessities that are easy to forget – wet socks or bruised hands can easily make a hiking trip not so entertaining.
Food – again obvious if you’re camping overnight, but even for a one day trip, besides the obvious lunch meal, you will need to pack some munchies and snacks to bite into from time to time. It’s easy to get hungry while hiking, and it’s even easier to get thirsty, so make sure to pack enough liquids and snacks to last you the trip. One thing you will need to pay attention to here, however, is to take extra precautions so as to not litter these mountain trails – pollution of these sites is not only a serious offence in most countries, but it is also your duty as a fellow hiker to keep the environment clean for others to enjoy.
Comfort items – what do we exactly mean by comfort items? Simply, the multitudes of sprays, creams, etc. that are supposed to ward off the natural enemies you’ll find whilst hiking. Make sure to pack in a bottle of sunscreen (the sun can be quite strong on mountain tops!), bug spray and repellent (insects are numerous in these locations, especially mosquitoes!), hand sanitizers (they are easy to use and are more effective than plain water), wet wipes, etc.
First aid kid – this is again, a very obvious thing to pack, but many people tend to forget it. It’s easy to injure yourself while hiking, especially if you’re not a regular hiker.
21st-century essentials – since we’re living in the digital age, you will be needing your cell phone (make sure it’s fully charged!), extra batteries or a power bank. Smartphones nowadays can replace your map, compass, thermometers and whatnot, so they are actually an essential item for a hiking trip.
Illumination – take torches and extra batteries – and if you’re camping overnight, matchboxes and lamps too.
The above are the basics you will need for any hiking trip. If there is rough climbing to do, you will also be needing specialized hiking gear (as well as a guide in most regions), so look into the hiking trail of your location accurately!