Hiking Gear

10 Must-Have Pieces of Hiking Gear

It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned hiker or a beginner, your pack might be missing essential hiking gear.

It’s unfortunate when hikers underestimate Mother Nature. They end up underprepared when things go wrong. Don’t let this be you.

Below we created a list of the top 10 hiking gear. Read on to find out what you are missing.

1. Compass/Map

Even if you know how to hike, you need to know where you are going, especially when hiking a new trail or area.

A map of the area is the most ideal hiking tool in the event you get lost. A compass also suffices as long as you understand how to use it

2. Good Shoes

Don’t underestimate the importance of decent shoes for hiking. Choose shoes you can walk miles in and on a variety of terrain without ending up in pain halfway through.

Consider conditions as well. Choose waterproof shoes if you might hike in rainy conditions or on wet trails.

3. First Aid Kit

While you may take necessary precautions to hike safely, accidents happen. When they do, have a first aid kit with you. 

Include basic bandages, cleaning wipes, and antibiotic ointment in your kit. You can also choose a kit based on the size of your pack and the number of supplies you want.

4. Multitool

A multitool is a great option for hikers who don’t want to carry a lot of tools. Whether you need pliers, a knife, or a bottle opener, a multitool has it. 

Not to mention, their size makes them ideal for small packs. Especially when compared to carrying each tool individually. 

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5. Matches

Matches are important to have among your hiking supplies in case you need a fire. Just be sure to keep them dry by storing them in a watertight container.

Another option is flint and steel if you have the skill to use them.

6. Water and snacks

Since you produce a large amount of sweat while hiking, staying hydrated is essential. The same applies to food. You are exerting a lot of energy and need to refuel.

This is why we recommend carrying a reusable water bottle and non-perishable snacks. It’s also a great idea to have some kind of water purifier option when hiking near a water source.

7. Hammock

Hammocks are a great and portable bedding option for hikers. Whether you want to relax on your hike or have an emergency bedding option, this is the choice for you.

Hammocks are great for quick assembly. They also keep you off the ground on cold or damp nights. As long as you have the right kind of straps, hammocks can also withstand a lot of weight. 

Read more about hammock straps from our friends at Grand Trunk.

8. Flashlight

If your hike takes longer than anticipated, you want to have a flashlight in your pack. Solar-powered flashlights are recommended so you don’t need batteries.

9. Emergency blanket

Emergency blankets come in small packages. This makes them easy to toss in your hiking bag. You will be grateful to have them in case it gets cold.

10. Extra socks/clothing

It’s always a good idea to have extra socks and clothing with you in case yours gets wet or soiled somehow. Make sure your feet remain dry and pack light layers.

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Get Your Hiking Gear and Get Going

Now that you’ve reviewed our list of top 10 hiking gear, you are ready to hit the trails. We recommend using this list as a checklist when packing to make sure you have everything you need.

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