The Next Big Hike: What You Should Never Leave Home Without

Hiking is one of the activities where you can get close to nature and get healthy at the same time. However, taking that walk close with nature doesn’t make it an excuse to leave or forget important things that we need to bring along on a hike. Hiking also needs planning and preparation before undergoing that big trip. What are the important things that we shouldn’t forget to bring with us on hike? Read on to find out.

Water Container

It is very important to stay hydrated during your hike. If you start your hike early in the day, there’s a chance that you will get exposed to the sun for the rest of the day until you find sufficient vegetation cover. By then, you will have felt thirsty and tired and it is where the water bottles come in handy. So never leave home without it.


A backpack can always come in handy in long walks like trail hiking. A recent article from the Great Big Trail website emphasized the importance of carrying the things you need while also maintaining mobility and freedom to move your arms while you walk. Durability and reliability are key qualities to look for in a backpack. Choose the type that is lightweight, has a waterproof exterior and sufficient storage space. This can ensure that you get to bring more important hiking gear along with you.

Food and Food Container

Food is the fuel that gets you going on your hike. Before embarking on a hike, have a big meal and stuff up on calories for the big walk. You’ll need all the energy reserves ready for the rest of the day. Still, it’s a good idea to bring easy-to-prepare and ready-to-eat food just in case you need it. To do so, you’ll need a container to separate it from other items in your bag and avoid contamination. Use a durable, reusable and food-friendly storage bag for your trail mix, which could include energy bars, beef jerky, cranberries, peanuts, almonds or any other mix you prefer to bring along with you.

First Aid Kit

Safety is one of the basic concerns when it comes to hiking. Injuries are common when it comes to hiking, so at least be prepared and have the training to handle such injuries. You may get some cuts, scrapes or rashes along the way, so be prepared with bandages, gauzes, antiseptics and other basic medicines and materials you’ll need to handle manageable hiking emergencies.

Utility Knife

Bring with you a handy utility knife. It can be used for food preparation, fuel gathering for fire, trail marking, self defense and so much more. A Swiss Army knife or any utility knife can be useful for situations that you may not anticipate.

Pocket Blanket

You can never tell if your hiking trip can turn into a camping trip once you reach the wilderness. Having something to sit or lie down on while taking a rest and enjoying the fantastic scenery is something you should carry with you on a hike. I specifically chose this type of blanket because of its great storability and portability. Imagine storing a blanket into a size that could fit your pocket! Another important plus factor of this blanket is its durability, it is waterproof and comfortable. You should always have this stuffed in your pocket or backpack during hikes.

There can be a lot of never-leave-home-without-it items you can think of when it comes to hiking. The list can change depending on your hiking experience and the trails you usually take. The bottom line for hikes is enjoyment and safety. So before embarking on a hike, make sure to let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be probably returning. While you’re on a hike, take in as much as you can of what nature offers you and enjoy every moment of your hike.

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