Hiking Gear

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!


  • Nancy
    April 14, 2019 at 6:12 PM

    You’re a professional hiker in my books, hehe. I tap out so easily @__@ but you’re a true rockstar at it! Oh shoot, I should look into Teva’s hiking shoes for my boyfriend, hehe. YASSS on Hydroflasks! They’re great and super stylish. I like that you keep your hiking gear to a minimal, where you’re not carrying something excess. Oooh, I would’ve never thought of bringing a first aid kit but that is super important. Thanks for sharing this list!!

    Nancy ♥

  • Hannah
    April 14, 2019 at 9:21 PM

    All necessities set :’) Love hiking!

    Hannah / Words & Latte

  • Radi
    April 15, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    I love hiking. I try to go almost every weekend. Such a great way to be out in nature.

  • sonia // daring coco
    April 15, 2019 at 2:13 AM

    These are some great tips. I don’t really go on hikes. It’s not a huge or popular passtime here where I live then it is in the US. That said there are many hikes I want to go on when I get back to the USA next and frankly all I had in mind was a pair of Nikes and some sunblock! I must sound so ridiculous!


  • Bexa
    April 15, 2019 at 5:45 AM

    Thanks for sharing your hiking essentials, Eena! I love going for long walks along the coast in the summer and a map is a really good idea, especially if you can’t get any phone signal. Great suggestion with the first aid kit too, it’s always best to be prepared. Fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  • Nina
    April 15, 2019 at 5:58 AM

    Ohh thanks for sharing this. Such a great post.
    x- Nina

  • Rachel
    April 15, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    That looks like the essentials covered 🙂
    It does shock me how often I come across people out without a map, where are they going?!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Rachel | The Modern Bohemian

  • Ran | Lifestyle & Travel
    April 15, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Thanks for sharing this list! Oh, I can’t go anywhere without a water bottle too! It’s an absolute necessity, in addition to sunscreen. I also like good backpacks that don’t weigh as much. Can’t have something huge and heavy on my back while I’m out exploring in the heat! xx

  • Amy Gamble
    April 15, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    I can’t wait to go on more walks/hikes after baby Gamble arrives. I have missed my long walks, proves difficult when heavily pregnant.

  • Kim
    April 15, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    I love hiking. These are all things I would take with me too, but I’d also add an emergency whistle and a compass.

  • Lisa
    April 15, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    Just to clarify, I am not a hiker AT ALL, haha! But I do love being outside in nature and I find your list really helpful. We always take water bottles when we’re out for the day, along with comfy shoes, sunscreen, wet wipes and plasters. I hadn’t thought about taking protein snacks though so that’s a really useful tip, thank you – happy hiking! Lisa x

  • Tabitha Beckett
    April 15, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    I love hiking & I really aught to go a little more often!

    Tabitha 💗

  • Jessica
    April 15, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    I’ve never been hiking before but my Husbad really wants to take on this adventure sometime this summer! Thanks for the info!

  • Jack Bowler Jr
    April 15, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Have to say that I miss going on hikes and spending more time outdoors. I guess its the grownup lifestyle I am living right now? Nice post btw

  • SundayDahlias
    April 15, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    you hit all the necessities! I always make sure to take more than enough water just in case! you never know who may need it!

  • Jenny
    April 15, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    The map would be utterly useless in my hands but everything else is a definite in my books. I’d love to get into hiking, I bet it’s such a freeing hobby and way to spend your time.


  • Kara
    April 15, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Hiking is the best and you’ve got all the essentials! I’ve never heard of those trial sneakers before but my trip this summer is going to be a lot of hiking so I’m going to look into getting a pair. And yes to having sunscreen and snacks!

    x Kara |

  • Jazmin
    April 15, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    I don’t really go hiking. I like in England – I like countryside walks though so i suppose that’s similar? A bit easier though haha! I love a good water bottle in general. I carry one daily & the ones you mentioned sound ideal. X

  • Amie Cadwallader
    April 15, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Sun screen is so important & I’m always in need of bug repellent!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  • Zoë
    April 15, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    I never really go hiking but when I do I always make sure to bring lots of water, suncream and snacks like granola bars!! Love these travel essentials!! xx

  • Sophie Wentworth
    April 15, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Remembering things like sunscreen is so important, I have very little hiking experience but having water and snacks has always been at the top of my priority list. Great tips! x


  • Lanae Bond
    April 15, 2019 at 4:14 PM

    These are great and needful items to have on hand!

  • Kirsten
    April 15, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Hiking has always been one of my favourite things to do. My parents started me on my love of it when I was little and we used to go on Volksmarsch’s when I was younger in Germany. My husband and I have been back into it the last few years but not as much as I want. It’s neat to see what other people take on their hikes with them. We always have water, sunscreen and bug spray. Never really thought about a first aid kit but I will now! I also usually have my camera and lately some geocaching swag with me as well as we started geocaching.

  • Anna
    April 16, 2019 at 1:38 AM

    Your post was so handy! I´ve never heard of Teva before, just need new hiking shoes right now! Will check the sales for Hydroflask!

    Have a nice week!

  • Soph
    April 16, 2019 at 4:07 AM

    I really wish I lived somewhere I could hike more instead of going to the gym. These all sound like pretty handy essentials, especially the bug repellant because I’m always the one who gets bitten tonnes whilst they don’t touch my other half!
    Soph – x

  • Charlotte
    April 16, 2019 at 6:09 AM

    I love this! A first aid kit is always a necessity for me – I’m so clumsy!

    Charlotte | x

  • Ivana Split
    April 16, 2019 at 7:50 AM

    When it comes to hiking, gear is important. I often heard it said that good footwear is essential. Boots that are comfortable but that also keep our feet safe are a must. Backpack and water bottle are key items as well. First aid kid is important too! I love hiking, even if it often leaves me out of breath- I need to get my iron levels up. These are great hiking gear tips.

  • Caitlin
    April 16, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Great post! I’m always looking for outdoor item reviews. I’m really interested in the water bottle you have, I’ll have to check it out.

    Caitlin |

  • Ashley
    April 16, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    I’m no professional hiker, but I love to go on long walks with my daughter. It’s a fabulous way to spend the weekend and take in plenty of fresh air! Hydroflask sounds amazing! I’m astounded something can keep liquid hot or cold for 12 hours! Thank you for sharing xxx


  • Lisa
    April 16, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Never thought about a map, great suggestion!

  • Tonia
    April 16, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    I haven’t been hiking since I was a teenager in Girl Scouts Mt Shasta California simply beautiful.

  • John Rieber
    April 16, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Great looking hikes…I’m not a professional “hiker” either, just love to get out in nature, and it really is important to plan right!

  • Deborah Kos
    April 16, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    When I need to buy something for hiking or walking in the woods, I will be referring back to this post. I love all your valuable tips for hiking shoes, backpacks, sunscreen, bug repellent, etc. Thanks for sharing this post.

  • Because She Writes
    April 16, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    This is such a fun and informative post. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  • Maria
    April 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Such a helpful post with great tips like the first aid kit! I would love to go hiking more often and reconnect with nature. A map may not be so helpful for me since I’m not the best at reading one!

    xo, Maria

  • Alice
    April 16, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    I love walking but I am definitely no hiker! I really need to get a decent backpack soon as mine is really wearing out and it’s not waterproof or that strong any more to be honest. Something I always take with me on long walks or days out are energising snacks and for sure some decent shoes – comfort and practicality are definitely key for things like this! I really want to explore the lake district soon which I’m sure I’ll need all this for 🙂
    Alice Xx

  • Mercy
    April 16, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Such a cute looking first aid kit and that hydroflask looks superb. Bringing a map should be a number one priority as people only rely to phones these days.

  • Jenny
    April 17, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    I always like to try on a backpack before buying too 🙂 And my map reading skills are questionable too so maybe I need to find a Chris haha!

    Jenny | Local Leo

  • Herstun
    April 17, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    I looooove hiking and being in nature. I am definitely going to look for these boot suggestions!

  • ThatAutisticFitChick
    April 17, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Great things to pack! Dad taught me to always take my hiking socks with me when we went shopping for boots to get the fit right with the socks I’d be wearing when I used them.
    I’d also recommend taking about 50% more water than you think you’ll need if you can carry it.
    And lots of bandages if you’re like me and fall over and sprain things a lot 🤗

  • Megan | Ginger Mom and Company
    April 17, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    I absolutely love the cord handle on your water bottle! I’ll have to pick one of those up 🙂 Hiking is definitely something I want to do more of this summer, as my kids are getting a little bigger now and it’s easier to do! Great post 🙂

  • Georgia
    April 17, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    I tend to get hiking gear from Karrimor and find they’re quite good quality. I’ll look into Teva next time I need some boots.
    Thanks for sharing.

    George –

  • Valerie
    April 17, 2019 at 1:21 PM

    Great hiking essentials! I’m loving the backpack…United by Blue is one of my favorite brands! And I’m definitely a huge fan of Hydroflasks as well! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica
    April 18, 2019 at 11:57 PM

    Off Lotion is a must indeed!

    Jessica |

  • Marielle
    April 21, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    Hiking has been on top of my bucketlist for a long time now! I consider myself an island/beach person more than mountains because I feel like I’m too unhealthy to survive 🙁 Your gear looks professional to me hahaha looking forward to more of your future hiking trips and of course, blogs!

  • Sarah
    April 24, 2019 at 1:57 AM

    I always wanted to try hiking to know what’s it like. Anyway, thanks for sharing these necessaries I might need this in the coming months 🙂

    Only Yesterday

  • Nina
    April 25, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    These are great tips. Sunscreen is so important.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  • Kate
    April 28, 2019 at 6:40 AM

    I love the backpack! All the items are so cute and makes me want to go hiking just so I can buy them

    Katie xx

  • jade goddard
    April 28, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    omg another stunning post! that first aid kit looks super cute! – i love your bag as well! stunning hiking gear!
    Jadieegosh   Instagram

  • Zorica
    May 7, 2019 at 2:37 PM

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