7 Essential Pieces Of Hiking Kit

Getting out and enjoying nature is something we should all do if we get the chance. It’s great for your health, it’s relatively cheap and you get to experience the beautiful scenery around you.

If you’re serious about taking up hiking, then you’re going to need to get your essential pieces of kit sorted to ensure that you are comfortable and safe on your journey. 

Walking Boots

A quality set of walking boots is essential if you’re going to be covering the miles. Buy from a specialist retailer who will be able to give you advice on the most suitable for you. You’ll want waterproof shoes as well as ones that are comfortable and supportive. 


You’re going to need to carry your supplies and equipment in something. A lightweight waterproof backpack is the most comfortable way to do this. Wide, supportive straps are a must to be able to distribute the weight and keep you comfortable.

All-Weather Jacket

The elements can change quickly when you’re outside. A good coat that is waterproof and warm will help keep you safe. Modern technology has created some wonderful fabrics that are lightweight but keep you protected from the colder weather. No more bulky coats.

Water and Snacks

Keeping hydrated and your energy levels up are important on a hike. Should you get lost, or need to sit out some bad weather conditions, then having food and drink supply is going to be a big help. Pack water or isotonic drinks and high-calorie foods and snacks.

Navigation Equipment

Even if you think you know where you’re going, it can be easy to stray off course You’re going to need to get your bearings. Navigation equipment can include a compass and a map, or even a GPS device which can also be used to track you if you get lost. 

First Aid Kit

Cuts and scrapes are quite common for those people who love to hike. A small first aid kit that includes antiseptic wipes, gauze and band-aids are handy for most trips. Insect repellent is also a good idea if you are going anywhere where bugs could be a problem.

A comprehensive first aid kit will also include a whistle (to attract attention if you are injured or lost) and a lighter or other firestarters. 

A multitool

These little multitools are worth their weight in gold. They are small and weigh next to nothing but give you a range of handy tools that you can use on your walk.


There are many other items you could take with you on your hike but these are the essentials. When going on a hike, planning is the key. Decide on your route, create an itinerary and let others know where you are going so that if you get into trouble, the alarm can be raised.

Your equipment is there to keep you comfortable on your hike and provide safety and survival skills should you get lost or injured. So get your things together and get out there and enjoy yourself.

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