Sometimes it can be a little intimidating to pack for a hiking trip, even if it is just a day-hike. A simple search online can become a flood of products that range from necessity to equipment that you probably only need if you plan on a Mount Everest-like trek into the wilderness. The more time you spend researching the more you can become convinced that you need to spend a lot of money on equipment you might not ever need. Sure, it is better to pack safe but the HomElectrical team wanted to put together a list of essential hiking tools that won’t destroy your budget. Below is our list of essential hiking equipment for most uses. Always remember to consult an expert before heading out on your hike to be aware of the potential dangers and what to look out for. Stay safe and have a great hike!
6 Must-Have Tools for Fall Hiking
A Leatherman Multi-Tool is a great tool to carry with you on a day-to-day basis. Most Leatherman products have several useful tools including a set of pliers, a knife, two types of screwdrivers, a file, a bottle opener and some of the larger multi-tools contain saws and fire-starters.
One of the best things that you can bring with you to keep your hands free while hiking is a really durable backpack. A backpack with a waterproof finish will keep your supplies dry and a pack with multiple storage compartments will help keep you organized while you are exploring. The best backpacks for long hiking or multi-day trips, according to REI, are backpacks that stay tight on your hips. This helps disperse the weight and take the weight off of your shoulders.
Small First Aid Kit
It is important to stay hydrated while doing any physical activity but bringing water is actually a tricky thing. You want to bring enough to stay hydrated, sure, but you do not want to bring too much that you are carrying a lot of extra weight. Some experienced hikers and trail guides believe that you should carry about a liter but not much more. What is the best way to carry that, though? Most experts think an insulated water bottle, double-walled to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, are the best bet on the trail because they don’t take up a ton of space and they keep your water cold.
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One of the quickest a hiking trip can get ruined is by unexpected weather. Prepare against this by packing a water-proof jacket, even if the forecast is predicting sunny weather. It is always a smart thing to bring with you, even if it does not rain. Another great use for a water-proof jacket while you are hiking is as an impromptu dry spot to sit if the ground is wet. You can put the rain jacket on the ground and still stay dry. Staying dry is one of the quickest ways to having a great time on the trail!
GORP (Granola, Oatmeal, Raisins, Peanuts)
GORP is the hikers snack. It’s delicious. It’s keeps well. GORP is also that great combination between salty and sweet that most people really enjoy. GORP has a decent amount of calories, sodium, carbohydrates, and protein that will help keep your energy up throughout the day. A lot of experienced hikers add a variety of other snacks to their GORP including cayenne pepper and almonds.