Don’t Forget These Items on Your Next Hike

ElephantAn elephant never forgets, but hikers sometimes do. Here are some things people forget while hiking. Aspire to be like the elephant and remember these items next time you go for a hike.

Instead of randomly stuffing waste in pack pockets and compartments, carry a trash bag to keep discarded wrappers, used athletic tape, etc. consolidated. Remember to always pack out what you pack in.

You might not always need moleskin, but you will be glad you have it when you do need it. Cover blisters and hot spots with moleskin to keep trucking on the trail.

Being out in nature when nature calls can present some challenges. Pack some toilet paper in a resealable plastic bag just in case.

Hang nails can drive you crazy, and too long toe nails can cause some real discomfort. Bring a pair of finger nail clippers to stay comfortable and sane while hiking.

Stiff joints, sore muscles, or headaches can make hiking more than a little challenging. A pain reliever like ibuprofen or aspirin can be a game changer on the trail.

If you’re going to cross streams or rivers on your hike, don’t forget sandals or river shoes.

Unless you treat your clothing before hand with a permethrin wash, carry a bottle of insect repellent with you while hiking. It will keep you safe from mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, etc.

Lip balm is up there on the list of things people forget while hiking. Never leave home without it.

Spending several hours in the sun can take a toll on your skin. Don’t forget to bring the sunscreen.

A pair of sunglasses will keep your eyes safe from sun, flying insects, and low hanging branches, and they will also help preserve your vision during daylight hours.

Athletic tape is a great addition to any pack. You can use it to cover blisters and small cuts, fix gear, and any time you might need an adhesive.

This isn’t so much a thing that people forget to do while hiking as it is a something that people forget to do while hiking. Always check the weather before stepping foot on the trail.

Bandanas are great multipurpose items that can fit easily in your pack, on your pack, or in your pocket. Bandanas can be used as a filter, headband, for first aid, cleaning, fastening gear, and much more.

We carry most of these items Uncle Sam’s in Evelyn Hills in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and much more. Stop by and see us before your next camping or hiking trip!

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