Lately, we are seeing people doing outdoor activities more often than usual and that is good. Instead of going to a bar or to a mall, why not explore your place and re-discover nature. However, with that said, we must be responsible also in protecting our environment.
Always be ready for an outdoor hike
Moving forward, there are a lot of things that many don’t know about what to prepare when having an outdoor activity. There are proper preparations, how to pack, how to carry your backpack and so on and so forth. I would like to share with you some of the things that you must have and equipment you need to consider bringing when going outdoors for a day trek.
Having a backpack the size of your cabinet is not necessary for a day hike or trek outdoors. All you need is a backpack enough to accommodate your necessities for outdoors. You may be bringing the must-haves for this activity, but it is still crucial to bring the appropriate for a light baggage.
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Tip: Make sure to bring extra t-shirts and a towel.
2) Water bottle
You might not want to forget your water bottle. I guess I don’t need to explain more why this is a necessity.
Tip: A liter or two is enough for a day hike. Don’t bring too much as that will become a big load for you later on your trek. Anyway, there are a lot of water sources on your way. Try the outdoor waters, it’s sweet and cold (but always check if it’s safe to drink).
3) Bull cap
Brands don’t matter as long as you are protected from the direct heat from the sun. You don’t want to collapse in the middle of the scourging outdoor sun because of heat stroke, do you?
Tip: Quick dry bull caps are essential to avoid getting your head soaking wet when it rains.
4) First aid kit
You don’t need to bring the whole medical box from home. Just make sure that you have bandages, plasters, wound cleaner (povidone-iodine and antiseptic alcohol), cotton, and a few pins are present. I always have these things in my bag regardless if they are on standby or used or where ever I go. I always have them with me especially going outdoor.
Tip: Always carry a first aid kit good for a group for an extra. Don’t forget to gather them in a small pouch or handbag.
5) Food or snacks
A packed lunch, a biscuit, a wafer, a sandwich, or anything you want to bring that won’t easily spoil, for the love of outdoor adventures bring them. A trail snack will surely keep you going. Imagine watching a good scenery without something to put in your mouth. Where is that popcorn? Popcorn!!!
Tip: Manage your water and minimize food intake especially the too sweet and too salty ones so you won’t get thirsty easily. Look for mixed nuts for a complete flavor and nutrients.
I would recommend a poncho to cover everything especially if you do not have a bag rain cover. Do not ever underestimate the weather, though it is great to walk on a sunny day, a rainy trek will surely give you a different whole experience.
Tip: If you can find a raincoat that can also cover your backpack, that would be awesome!
7) Flashlights or headlamp
Though a trek is planned, you can’t avoid sometimes to extend to a night trek. Always bring a flashlight or a headlamp.
Tip: Bring spare batteries.
Here’s a bonus for your outdoor hike must-haves
Lighter and matchsticks
For emergency purposes, these are a good starter to attract attention from rescuers or to start a bonfire only if necessary.
Tip: Waterproof matchsticks are a plus, just in case it’s rainy on the trail.
These hiking sticks or trekking poles are important for balance. Write that down for your next hiking adventures.
The list above are the things that I always bring when I go outdoors. Remember, it is better to be prepared in an unforgiving nature of the outdoors.
How about you? Have you tried outdoor hiking? What are your essential things to bring? Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.