Planning an overnight hike or even a few days out on the trail having a headlamp is an essential tool to help navigate in the dark. Not only do headlamps allow you to see in the dark but help other hikers identify your position. The Black Diamond Headlamp provides a max of 400 lumens. It has a low profile and only requires 4 AAA batteries. Batteries are included with the purchase.
Hiking takes a lot of energy and having a good water bottle helps quench any thirst. Nalgene water bottles are BPA-free, leak-proof, and dishwasher safe. The water bottles come in a multitude of colors and sizes.
One of the most essential items for hiking is having some durable and comfortable footwear. hiking in uncomfortable boots can lead to sores and blisters. Merrell Boots provide a reinforced heel and sole support. They are crafted with a mesh lining to allow the boot to breathe. The boot is made of leather with a rubber toe cap to prevent stubbing on rocks. Merrell has a range of styles, sizes, and colors for all hikers.
In addition to having good boots for hiking are a pair of socks to go with them. Darn tough socks help to prevent blisters from forming by pulling moisture away from the skin. The length of the sock hits at the mid-calf region and can go with multiple-sized boots. They are comfortable and durable for any type of terrain. They are sustainable socks made from merino wool. Darn Tough Socks come in multiple sizes and colors.
Sunscreen is important during sunny hikes. Being exposed to the sun's UV rays can lead to sunburns which can be painful after a long hike. Coppertone Sport Sunscreen is specially made to stay on while you sweat.
Bugs can always be a pest when hiking. Whether its gnats, biting flies, or mosquitos. It's important to especially protect against mosquitos and ticks which can carry diseases. Off! Insect repellent is a non greasy spray perfect to keep the bugs away.
Lifestraw is a personal water filtration mechanism that clears out the bacteria and parasites from unfiltered water. When in a pinch hikers may run out of water. This tool can be used on natural sources of water that are untreated. Made from BPA-free materials and a microfiber membrane that filters the water to make it safe to drink.
Why carry a pair of plyers, a knife, a can opener, a screwdriver, and a hook remover if you can carry them on as a single tool. For hikers who always want to be prepared having a multitool pocket knife is a must-have. It includes wire cutters, needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, double-sided nail file, hook remover, can opener, folding saw, sharp knife, bottle opener, small screwdriver, medium screwdriver, big screwdriver, Philips screwdriver, fish scaler, and a ruler.
The most important item to carry all the other essentials that are mentioned above is a backpack. Osprey backpacks provide several storage options and different compartments to hold all your valuables.
Safety is always a priority when hiking. As a precaution, it's always good to have a first aid kit in case of an emergency happens. Even in the case of blisters from hiking it's good to have some band-aids on hand to cove them. Or even a small misstep can cause a scarp and need some wrapping to cover it up from bacteria.