What to Bring With You on Your Next Hiking Trip




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© 2015 Shanna Lea

Are you interested in going on a fun filled hiking adventure?  If you are, you are definitely not alone.  In the United States, many individuals enjoy hiking and go whenever they get a chance to.

I used to go hiking with my children and the goats we had.  We had access to a rancher’s land and could hike almost every day.  To this day, those are some of our favorite memories of our homeschooling and homesteading experiences.

Is this your first hiking adventure?  What should you bring with you?  Below, I’ll share some common hiking gear and supplies that will make your hiking adventure convenient and fun.

Hiking Gear

First thing to plan for your hiking adventure is to determine how long it will be.  Is it a day hike?  An overnight camping adventure?  If you are going overnight, you will need additional camping supplies such as a tent, sleeping bag and so forth.  Start a list of supplies you need and check them off as you gather them.

One of the most important pieces of hiking gear you need are a good pair of hiking boots or shoes.  I always keep a pair of Merrell or Columbia hiking boots ready to go hiking in.  I’ve seen many people just take off hiking in sneakers or sandals.  Although these are comfortable for regular walking, they are not practical or safe for a hike through rougher terrain and brush.  Hiking boots and shoes are very comfortable, support your feet and ankles, and reduce your risk of injury in the event of a slip or small fall.

My favorite gear is a wooden hiking stick.  I found mine left behind in a rent house we moved into and it is still my favorite to this day. You can find one by scavenging, make one from a found piece of wood or branch, or purchase one.  Hiking sticks have many uses.  They help you balance going through rough terrain, help you if you fall, or scoot snakes or other critters off your trail.  If you are in an accident, you can bang it against rocks to get the attention of rescue workers or passersby.

Have the proper hiking clothing.  Depending on where you are going hiking, for how long and what the weather will be like will determine the kind of hiking clothing you need.  Be sure to check on the weather forecast before leaving for your hiking trip, even if it is just a day trip for a couple of hours.  Be prepared for the unexpected.  Weather conditions can change suddenly.  Here in the Texas Panhandle, we often say that we can have all 4 seasons in one day during certain times of the year.  Bring a few warm clothes and socks with you if needed.  An extra change of clothes is also a wise part of your preparations.  You can get a backpack to carry your needed items or a space saving bag which are perfect for hiking.

Follow these handy tips for your next hiking adventure and you’ll be prepared for the unexpected.


Merrell hiking boots

Columbia hiking boots

Hiking stick


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