The most important thing you’ll need is a backpack. I recommend getting one with a built-in water bottle holder on the side and many compartments. You will also want it to be lightweight and comfortable.
A water bottle is another absolute must-bring item for hiking. In fact, multiple water bottles are best as the average person needs ½ liter (2 cups) of water per every hour of hiking.
When hiking, you want high-protein and high-energy snacks such as trail mix, beef jerky, peanut butter, and energy bars. For safety reasons, always bring more than you think you need.
While phones have almost wiped the need for maps, the reality of hiking is that they won’t be of much use. Even if it is a heavily trafficked hike, always bring a compass and a physical trail map.
Whatever you do, always dress in layers. - Hiking shoes or boots - Mid-to-heavy outer jacket - Fleece or warm middle layer - Base layer - Rain jacket - Water sandals - Wool socks
- Dehydrated meals - Camping stove - Backpacking tent - Sleeping bag - Sleeping bag liner - Utensils - Repair kit - Backpacking chair
- First aid kit - Additional blister care - Knife - Lighter or matches - GPS device - Flashlight or headlamp - Duct tape - Whistle