Every good hike requires a little preparation. You can’t just embark on a 9 mile hike to the Hollywood sign without water. Trust me, don’t do this you will die of heat stroke. After trekking a few miles to the tip top of a mountain peak my favorite thing to do is sit, relax, take in the views, hydrate and snack! With the right supplies your hike is sure to be as successful of an experience as all mine have been.
Backpack or hiking pack
I only recently got a real hiking pack for my birthday (thanks Brittanie!) and the thing is amazing, let me tell you! It holds your water and has perfectly designed pockets for all the little things. If you’re feeling extra ambitious you can snap it out and run the trail to get an even greater workout. If you don’t have a hiking pack a regular backpack will do just fine. I used my mine on many, many great hikes over the years.
No matter which type of pack your attaching to your back you are going to want to fill it with essential supplies to ensure your hike is the best it can be.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and an SPF chapstick. Sometimes you start a hike early in the morning and don’t think to lather on the sunscreen until you’re at the top of the mountain roasting under the sun’s heat. Just last weekend I had to put it on while basking in the expansive beauty atop Iron Mountain in San Diego. To keep the sun out of my face I usually prefer a hat over sunglasses so that I can see clearly when looking down at the trail I’m trekking through. If you don’t have a hat though, you should bring along a pair of shades to shield you from bright sun rays. Since the sun can burn your lips and dry you out I also recommend bringing along an SPF chapstick for instant relief.
A bladder bag with a hose to drink while your hiking is so convenient! But if you don’t have one a few liters of water will work as well you will just have to stop to take water breaks more often.
Maybe one of the most important items to bring on a hike! I recommend protein bars like these from Rise. Simple ingredients, delicious variety of flavors and there are even vegan options! My favorites are the lemon cashew and the carob chip, so good! Other snacks you could bring are trail mix, fruit and granola bars. You don’t realize how much energy a hike takes out of you until your stomach is growling and you scarf down a protein bar in one bite.
p.s. Rise sent me these for free, but I would totally buy them myself in the future.
If you’re a dog owner like me, and you’re little pooch likes to run around in the wilderness then bring the babes along, but bring essentials for him or her too. Things you should bring are poop bags in case she goes while on the trail, a small bowl to pour water into and food to snack on. Fido gets hungry too! My dog won’t eat kibble on a hike, even if she didn’t eat before and I know she’s hungry. She will however, eat little treats so you may want to consider bringing a couple of those for your pup as well.
If you have room in your bag you may want to also pack a poncho in case of rain. I have been on a few hikes where it was warm and rain was not in the forecast yet it started pouring on us. A bit of TP is also a good idea especially if you are going on a deep trail that doesn’t have bathrooms available. I also carry baby wipes in my pack because it’s nice to clean your boulder-climbing hands of dirt before snacking.
Come prepared and enjoy your hike as much as my friend Melissa and I enjoyed ours.