Just to clarify, I am not a professional hiker. Rather, I enjoy hiking and the items mentioned in this post are just a few of my favorite things to take with me whilst hiking.
I recently got Teva Arrowood Trail Sneaker from my parents last Christmas and they’ve been an upgrade from my Columbia hiking shoes. These shoes are waterproof and are seriously the best!! When buying hiking shoes, make sure to go up a size that way it gives you more room during winter/colder hikes to wear thicker socks (or layers of socks).
I live by my Hydroflask. They’re a little pricey for what they are but they are worth the investment (I have over four of them in different sizes) – they keep your water cold or hot for at least twelve hours. I use the 32 oz wide mouth with the straw lid. I’ve attached it to a paracord so carrying it is more convenient. Pro tip: during the holidays, most outdoor shops (such as REI) will always have a sale on these flasks!
If you know me, you know I love a good backpack! The one pictured is my 25L Rift backpack from United by Blue. I like to alternate my backpacks during my hikes as I’m still trying to figure out which one is most comfortable for hikes. The other backpacks I frequently take with me on hikes are the Fjallraven Kanken and the REI Co-op Rucksack. When it comes to the pack, there are a few things to consider with the main one being how long the hike is. Backpacks ranging from 18L-25L are typically good for day hikes. It’s also ideal to buy your backpack in store that way you can get a good feel of it on your back.
Other important things I like to take with me on hikes are sun screen, bug repellent, first aid kit (a nurse is never off duty, if you ask me), snacks (preferably high on protein or energy gels) and an old fashioned map. The map is great, especially when cell service can be limited when deep in the forest. Unfortunately, my map reading skills are still very novice; however, Chris is great at reading them – guess that’s why we make the perfect team!
Trails and hikers are different in their own little ways. When going on a hike, make sure to read more about your trail and pack appropriately. Most importantly, make sure to enjoy your time spent in nature!