Take a Hike: Day Hiking Essentials

Have you ever been told to take a hike? This may very well be the nicest way to tell someone to go away. Hiking is loads of fun, it’s good for your physical and mental health, and it lets you experience the beauty of nature. If someone tells you to take a hike, don’t take offense. Take their advice! Here’s a quick list of hiking essentials for a day hike. Have these items handy so you’re always ready to take a hike!

Day hiking essentials

  1. Every hiker needs a sturdy pair of hiking footwear. Invest in a pair of hiking boots or a pair of trail running shoes.
  2. Cotton socks don’t cut it on the trail. We recommend the comfort and support of merino wool hiking socks.
  3. Sun screen isn’t just for the light complected. Sun screen prevents sun burns, but it also prevents skin cancer.
  4. Chapped lips can ruin your time on the trail. Lip balm protects your lips from sun, heat, and wind.
  5. Bugs suck, and they also bite. Insect repellent keeps mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers away.
  6. Food is to hikers as gas is to cars. Pack some hiking snacks to keep hiking strong!
  7. You’ve got to stay hydrated. Bring plenty of water, and consider a water filter for longer hikes.
  8. Whether you took a wrong turn, overestimated your pace, or you just lose track of time, getting caught on the trail after dark can be dangerous. A headlamp can save your life.
  9. Pack a basic first aid kit for minor cuts, illness, and injury.
  10. Never leave home without a pocket knife.
  11. You can use a bandana for everything from water filtration to first aid.
  12. Always bring extra clothing or insulation on a hike. The weather determines whether you should pack a t-shirt, lightweight fleece pullover, or a warm base layer.
  13. Preserve your vision and look stellar doing it with a pair of sunglasses.
  14. Hats offer great protection from sun and rain.
  15. You, of course, need something to put all of your hiking gear in. Be sure to bring a hiking backpack.
  16. Bring your phone along for the ride. Download maps, or take a picture of the map at a trail head Your phone serves as a back up flashlight, and helps you capture your adventure. Also, you can call for help in case of emergency. You’d be surprised where you can get a signal these days.

You may decide to pack more or pack less than the above list of hiking essentials for a day hike. Everyone’s pack list will be a little different based on needs and preferences. Whatever you decide to bring on your day hike, we’ve got it! We’ve been providing outdoor gear, camping supplies, and hiking equipment in Northwest Arkansas for more than 30 years. Stop by and see us at Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters when you’re getting ready for your next day hike, backpacking trip, or camp out!

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