Ok, so you don’t really need anything to go on a hike. You could just walk through the woods completely naked and you’d be hiking. That’s basically the concept of the show Naked and Afraid. But sometimes a little bit of gear can make your hike a lot more enjoyable. The right hiking gear can significantly improve your whole hiking experience.
Keep reading to discover the latest and greatest in hiking technology. Find out which water bottle can keep your beverage cool for up to one hundred hours, and discover the tent that doubles as a super comfy hammock. Walk on, my friends. Walk on.
Bearded Brothers Organic Energy Bar
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Hiking takes up a whole lot of energy, which means you’ve got to pack a sufficient amount of fuel. The Bearded Brothers, Chris and Caleb, set out to make a perfectly delicious and nutritious energy bar.
These bars are one hundred percent organic, vegan, and gluten-free. And they come in delicious flavors like Colossal Coconut Mango, Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla, Mega Maca Chocolate, and Radical Raspberry Lemon.
Point6 Hiking Socks
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Hiking can really take a toll on your precious toesies. Sorry, I mean, hiking can be hard on your feet. Proper footwear is super important if you want to have a smooth and comfortable hiking experience.
Point6 hiking socks have a no holes guarantee. That’s right, these socks are guaranteed for life. I bet you couldn’t make holes in these if you tried. These socks are made with sustainable technology right here in the USA. Also, they’re super stylish.
Glossier Invisible Shield
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Hey, everybody, listen to me very carefully. Sun protection is not optional. If you don’t wear sunscreen, you could get severely burned, and you could also increase your risk of getting skin cancer.
This Glossier Invisible Shield is the sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen. Its lightweight clear water-gel formula quickly absorbs into skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. This stuff also has sweet orange peel oil in it, which makes it smell divine.
Get Yourself A Flashlight
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Even if you’re not planning on going hiking at night, it’s a good idea to carry a small flashlight with you. You could get lost or lose track of time, and then before you know it you’re in the woods and it’s too dark to see your own feet.
It’s good to have a flashlight just in case. Any brand will do. There are so many different sizes and styles to choose from, but I’m sure you can find one that will suit your specific hiking needs.
Douse Yourself In Bug Spray
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I’ve done some research online, and it looks like Repel insect repellent products are some of the best selling bug sprays on Amazon. The Off! products have pretty good reviews too.
Basically, you don’t want to get eaten alive by mosquitoes and black flies when you’re off on your hiking adventure. I’ll take any bug protection I can get. Also, the smell of this stuff reminds me of being a kid.
Take A Hike In Style
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Everybody knows that skin-tight leggings are every female celebrity’s hiking apparel of choice. And I mean, I can see why. They’re super comfortable, but they also look super cute. They hug your curves, but they’re also stretchy and breathable. Get yourself a pant that can do both.
These Under Armour leggings are great, but you can find similar pants at Lululemon, SportCheck, and Gym Shark.
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Sometimes you just want to sit down. I know hiking is about getting outside and getting active, but sometimes you need to take a short sofa break. That’s where these babies come in.
These things fold up to be super compact, so you can carry them around with you in your backpack. To inflate, just run, roll, fasten, and chill. That roll step is important. Some people try to fill these up with air just by holding them open and running around.
Minipresso For A Mini Pick-Me-Up
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This is maybe the coolest coffee making device I have ever seen. It makes an espresso in your hand. The machine’s tank holds 80mLs of water, which means that it can make two or three espressos before you have to refill it.
Now you can have a fresh, hot coffee when you’re on the go or on a long hike. Never waste money at Starbucks again (except to buy the beans to put in your Minipresso).
iPhone Lenses For Better Photos
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If Instagramming your hike is basically the reason that you hike nowadays, then you need to get yourself some of these lenses for your iPhone camera. Carrying around a bulky DSLR just doesn’t fit the outdoor hiking vibes. You need something portable and lightweight.
These lenses will let you take better quality pictures without lugging around your big professional camera. Get a super close-up picture of a butterfly, or a wide angle shot of a mountain. The possibilities are endless.
The Matador Pocket Blanket
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The Matador Pocket Blanket lets you have a dry, clean place to sit—anywhere, anytime. It’s water repellent and puncture resistant, and it fits in your pocket. Basically, with this gadget, any spot can be a great picnic spot.
It fits two to four adults, has weighted corners for windy days, built-in corner stakes, and it comes in two different colors. I like the green one best, but the red one is also lovely.
The Classic Swiss Army Knife
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What would a hiking gear article be without a Swiss Army knife? Are these things really necessary? Who knows? They definitely look cool. What if you’re out hiking and you really need to cut some rope, or a branch, or a fingernail?
It’s just good to have options, you know? Ok, so maybe you don’t NEED a Swiss Army knife, but I bet you really really want one.
All The Better To See You With, My Dear
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For me, the best part of going on a hike is seeing all kinds of cool animals. Sometimes you want to get a closer look at those animals, but you don’t want to scare them away. That’s where binoculars come in.
These are Zeiss binoculars, and they’re super expensive. They’re also super good. If you’re thinking about seriously taking up birdwatching, I would highly recommend them. If you’re just a casual animal watcher, you can find a cheaper pair on Amazon or at basically any tech store.
Trail Mix Is A Hiking Staple
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There’s a reason it’s called trail mix. It’s because you’re supposed to eat it when you’re out hiking a trail. There are tons of pre-mixed trail mixes that are ready to eat right away, but if you’re feeling fancy, you can make your own personalized trail mix.
Create your own special blends like peanut and banana, or coconut and dried pineapple, or almond and raisin— or just go crazy and put every possible nut and dried fruit into one container.
The North Face Raincoats
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The North Face makes excellent weather resistant outwear that’s perfect for any outdoorsman or outdoorswoman. These are heavy duty jackets that will keep you dry in even the harshest conditions.
If you live in a more moderate area and you’re not worried about getting cold, you could opt for a compactable rain jacket option instead. Whatever you do, just make sure you’re not stuck without any kind of rain protection if you get caught in a storm.
A Beginner Hiking Backpack
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If you’re interested in hiking for more than a couple hours, you’re probably going to need some kind of hiking backpack. If you’re not going on multi-day hikes, then you don’t need to invest in a super huge or super heavy duty one.
These Hershel backpacks are trendy, stylish, and great for hiking. The fit all your essential items, but they’re not too bulky. They’re comfortable to wear, and they’ll look great in all of your Instagram pictures.
Klean Kanteen Water Bottles
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It’s super important to carry water with you on any sort of hike. The last thing you want is to get dehydrated. Klean Kanteen water bottles are vacuum insulated, which means that they can keep drinks cool for up to one hundred hours. That’s four days, people. Four days of icy cold water.
Nobody wants to be drinking warm water on a hot day. The classic insulated bottles come in ten different colors and three different sizes.
Comfy Shoes Are A Must
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If you’re a casual hiker, you don’t really need to invest in hardcore hiking boots. You can get away with a pair of really comfortable, really durable sneakers. Salomon carries reasonably priced hiking and trail running shoes.
These shoes will protect your feet and keep you comfortable for hours. They’re lightweight, breathable, and super fashionable. I actually want these on my feet right this instant.
Or Choose Boots If You’re Going All Out
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Some people want to hike on an easy trail for thirty minutes, and some people want to scale the side of a mountain for hours at a time. Hey, whatever floats your boat. If you’re more into hardcore hiking, basic running shoes just aren’t going to cut it.
You’re going to need to invest in some heavy duty hiking boots. Do your research, look into some reputable specialty brands, and find a pair that suits your specific needs.
Two-In-One Tent Hammock
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These hammock tents from Amok are the next big thing in camping technology. They’re a tent and a hammock all in one. They’re great for multi-day hikes or camping excursions. Also, they’re probably super fun to sleep in.
Why sleep on the ground when you can sleep suspended between two trees? Plus, these things are way easier to set up than a cumbersome tent.
REI Dry Sacks
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These Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Packs were one of REI’s best selling products of 2018. It’s actually their top-selling watersport item.
This bag’s fully-taped seams and roll-top closure make it completely waterproof. The durable buckle also has a D-ring attachment so you can easily hook it to your bag or your kayak. Even if you’re not planning on doing any watersports, this sack is a great way to carry your phone and electronics— just in case you get caught in a rainstorm.