Hiking and wilderness recreation is becoming more and more popular. Manufacturers offer a huge selection of quality and functional products for safe travel at any time of the year. If you decide to try this type of vacation, we offer our recommendations for collecting things.
Basic principles of collecting things for a hike
To make hiking a joy, the things you take with you need to be functional, lightweight and durable. It is better to think through everything to the smallest detail in advance than later in a hurry to forget something important or, conversely, to take something absolutely inconvenient or unnecessary.
Make a list of common items in advance and distribute them evenly among all group members. Thus, you do not have to carry unnecessary things on the hike, for example, a second bowler hat, an ax and other things. The first aid kit can also be equipped with one for all.
Think over who will sleep where, so that it is not crowded, and not take extra tents. Study the route, decide where you will replenish water supplies, how you will cook food. If the area where you plan to go is scarce for wood, it is better to take a gas burner and a sufficient supply of fuel for it.
If you can save money on some kind of tourist equipment, we do not recommend doing it on a backpack. You will wear a backpack most of the time, if it is uncomfortable or tears at the most inopportune moment, you will not get any pleasure from the hike.
It is better to choose an accessory of a well-known brand, it is more functional and will last longer. Choose a model with a tight touring back and wide shoulder straps. Everything should be adjusted so as to reduce the load on the back, transferring the bulk of the weight to the hips. For the safety of the backpack and its contents, we recommend using a special water-repellent cover.
For a 2-3 day hike, a medium sized backpack with a volume of 40-60 liters is quite suitable. When collecting things, put everything that is needed only for the night on the bottom, the heaviest items - closer to the back. Next, put food, dishes, various little things and a raincoat. Put everything that you may need while moving (knife, water, snacks, napkins) in your pockets.
In order not to get lost in unfamiliar places, take a navigator with you. If the hike involves an overnight stay, you cannot do without a tent. Don't skimp on its size. It is better to take a three-person tent for two, so there will be enough space for a comfortable sleep and placing things inside in case of rain. When choosing a tent model, remember that you will have to carry any excess weight during the hike. Forget about large tarpaulin models, the tent should be lightweight, with a water resistance index of at least 3000 PU.
Instead of various blankets and bedspreads, it is better to take an individual sleeping bag, it takes up less space. You will also need a travel mat that goes under your sleeping bag, so you will not freeze even in the cold season. Do not take various folding chairs and tables with you on a hike, all this is extra weight. Take better polyurethane seats, they are lightweight and do not take up space.
Just in case, we recommend taking also a strong rope and carabiners. If you are hiking, consider a telescopic trekking pole as it is very energy saving when climbing. Be sure to take a flashlight, the best option is a headlamp or a handheld solar-powered flashlight.
Wear comfortable clothes when hiking. It is better that it was specialized clothing for tourism, it is light, comfortable, does not park, protects the body well in all weather conditions. Even for a summer trip, take things that will cover your entire body, otherwise grasses, bushes and trees will scratch your hands and feet. Do not forget about a raincoat, it is preferable to take a special camping one, which will cover the backpack, and can be used as an awning.
You should definitely take thermal underwear, warm clothes, a windbreaker and a spare set of clothes, which will come in handy if you get wet or get pretty dirty. Several pairs of socks and underwear must be taken, a hat is required. We also recommend treating your hiking gear with mosquito, tick and spider repellents. This will save you a lot of trouble. Choose shoes that are comfortable and waterproof. For longer hikes than 2-3 days, bring extra sneakers.
Hygiene and useful little things
To save space and weight, take all hygiene products in mini-packages. Buy shampoo and shower gel in disposable sachets or pour from a large home jar into a mini container.
Be sure to take:
- hand cream;
- moisturizing face cream, just not in a glass jar;
- a multifunctional balm that is suitable for softening lips and rough spots on the skin;
- wet wipes;
- personal hygiene products (for women);
- toothpaste and brush, hairbrush for girls;
- antiseptic for hands;
- lumpy soap in a soap dish;
- toilet paper, cotton pads / sticks.
Do not forget about the little things useful on the trip: a needle and thread, mini scissors, a nail file, a notebook with a pen, tape, superglue, sunglasses. Just in case, take a couple of candles, all of a sudden all the lights go down, and there will be no opportunity to buy batteries or charge the accumulators.
Dishes and food
It is better to take all kitchen utensils metal, they will definitely not break. If you plan to travel longer than 1 day, forget about disposable dishes, they are inconvenient to eat in nature, especially hot ones. And you don't need extra inorganic waste. Take one ax, a sapper's shovel, a saucepan or light pot, a scoop, a cutting board, a silicone pot holder for hot food, and a can opener per group.
For cooking, you can also use the combi system with a pot screwed onto the burner. For yourself personally, take one deep bowl, a non-breaking thermo mug, a spoon, and a folding knife. Compact transformer devices are very good for a hike, for example, a spoon-fork-opener in one device. Each member of the group should have matches and a lighter.
For food, buy non-perishable items such as potatoes, pasta, cereals, canned food, jerky, snacks, and energy snack bars. Frozen meat or fish can be taken with the expectation of only the first day, packing it in a thermo-bag. Don't forget tea / coffee, sugar, salt, spices, onions. Calculate the number of meals in advance so as not to get too much and not to stay hungry.
Hiking first aid kit
A first aid kit on a hike may not be useful, or even save a life. To properly assemble a first aid kit, you need to assess all possible risks based on the conditions in which you find yourself. For a wild hike in the woods or mountains, you will need a complete first aid kit:
- A set of bandages and plasters of various sizes for dressing wounds.
- Disinfectant (peroxide, antiseptic spray).
- Antiallergic local remedy. The best option is an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone ointment, which is a first aid for insect bites and contact with poisonous plants.
- Oral antihistamine (optimally loratadine or cetirizine).
- Activated carbon (with the calculation of 1 g per kg of weight in acute toxic poisoning).
- Antipyretic and pain reliever (paracetamol or ibuprofen).
- Antiseptic eye drops.
- Several pieces of special cooling bags - in the summer it is almost impossible to find cold in the forest to apply to the injury site.
- Tweezers - very useful for pulling out a splinter or tick.
- Elastic bandage.
- A burn agent (such as panthenol spray).
- If there is a chance of being bitten by a snakeor spiders, it is desirable to have an anti-allergic agent for intramuscular injection (dexamethasone or epinephrine).
- In sunny seasons, be sure to bring sunscreen.
If the hike involves moving around more or less crowded places where an ambulance can reach you within half an hour, it is enough to put an anesthetic, antiseptic, sorbent, antibacterial ointment, antiallergic agent, a set of bandages and plasters in the first-aid kit.
Several important points
Spare batteries or rechargeable batteries must be taken for all electronic devices. Also, a power bank will not hurt to recharge the phone or navigator.
Waterproof cases are very useful for storing your phone, money and documents in case of rain, need to cross streams or rivers.
Things to know (Q&A)
What to pack for camping and hiking?
These items should be part of your backpacking checklist :
- Hiking boots or shoes.
- Backpack .
- Sleeping bag and sleeping pad.
- Stove and fuel.
- Kitchen supplies.
- Plenty of food.
- Water bottles and water-treatment supplies.
What are the essential things to bring in hiking?
- A light, sturdy backpack.
- Sleeping bag or mat.
- Earth pad.
- 2 sets of extra clothes (including underwear)
What are three items that are considered essential hiking equipment?
Have You Packed Enough for Your Hike?
- Pack Comfortable, adequate size, line with a strong plastic bag* to keep contents dry.
- Sturdy hiking boots, preferably waterproof.
- Water bottle/s Durable. ...
- Map, laminated or protected in map case.
- Compass oil filled.
- Watch (analog is best as it can be used for navigation)
What should I bring on a short hike?
Water or Sports Drinks
Staying hydrated is essential even on the shortest hikes . To keep up your electrolyte levels, bring along a sports drink or a package of electrolyte powder to mix with your water. Your body will thank you when you come to the end of the trail.
Where do you pack a tent in a backpack?
Pack your tent in the middle of the backpack .
The tent should be placed either immediately above the sleeping bag or as close to the middle as possible. Packing the tent in the middle means one of your heaviest items is not putting too much strain on your back.
What clothes will you be using during the hike?
The key here is layers: a base layer with insulating properties such as wool or budget-friendly synthetic materials; an insulating, removable middle layer; and a waterproof/windproof outer layer. Hiking boots, warm wicking socks, a wool or synthetic beanie hat and warm gloves are also key to a comfortable winter hike .
What should you not take on a hike?
To help you pack light, here is a list of things you should consider not packing for a trip.
- Jewelry and Valuables. ...
- Heavy Zoom Lenses For Your Camera. ...
- Extra Toiletries. ...
- Too Many Cotton Clothes. ...
- More Than One Pair of Jeans. ...
- Those Nice Shoes. ...
- Hiking Boots. ...
- More Than One Heavy Jacket.
What are the 4 most important things to bring when you go camping?
Shelter and comfort checklist
- Sleeping bag.
- Sleeping mat or camp bed if tent camping .
- Table and camping chairs.
- Mallet, spare pegs and puller.
- Spare batteries, portable charger and cables.
- Torch and head torch.
- Tent repair kit, paracord, gaffa tape, cable ties, sewing kit.
What should you not wear on a hike?
What should you NOT wear while hiking ? (10 Common Clothing Mistakes)
- Denim. The first item on our list is denim. ...
- Cotton. Cotton is on the list for similar reasons to denim. ...
- Silk. ...
- No -Show Socks. ...
- Flimsy Shoes. ...
- Bras with Clasps. ...
- Bunchy or Bulky Pants and Jackets. ...
- Stiff or Too Thin Fabric.
What do you wear on a short hike?
For the rest of your hiking clothes , it's all about layering
- A moisture-wicking base layer or t-shirt in a material like polyester.
- A basic long-sleeved shirt that will act as your next layer of warmth (similar to socks, merino wool is an excellent fabric choice).
- A lightweight, insulated jacket that packs up small.