The first time I went for hike, I had no idea how to prepare. What do I wear? What do I bring? How does this go? I Goggled and read a couple of articles which prompted getting a box of protein bars, vitamin water bottles and hiking boots. As I hiked more and got to know more hikers, I learned a lot along the way. I realized my boots were a size too small. No wonder my toes felt crushed while coming down from a hike. My protein bar was a good snack but too high in sugar and there are healthier alternatives to vitamin water. As I share what I have learned along the journey, feel free to experiment and see what works for you. All that I recommend is to be prepared and do your own research.
Happy hiking 🙂
Summer Hikes Preparation
Hiking boots, high ankles for better support, good grip and comfortable. My boots are Wind River. There are many brands put there. Do your research. It is recommended to buy half a size or a full size bigger.
Moist wick clothes. You are gonna sweat! 😅 Don’t wear track suits or nylon fabrics. Preferable to wear pants that can be tucked into your socks and boots. (To avoid ticks bites)
Waterproof and sweat proof sunscreen
Hat or cap or bandana
2 liters of water as a minimum
A tightly wrapped protein snack
First aid kit
Crampons for snowy summits
Poles for general support and take strain off knees
Prepare before Hikes
Have electrolytes the night before. 🍉 or alternative
Let someone know where you will be and when you are expected to be back and make sure people you are going with have your emergency contact info.
Download the AllTrails app
If you have the paid version, download offline map of trail
For spring hikes: Make sure you wear layers as needed, a waterproof jacket if it is raining and bring along a pair of crampons.
Disclaimer: Everyone is different. Make sure you see what works for you and create your own list of items you need. The more hike, the more you learn what you will need on hikes.