Sometimes we all need an escape to clear some headspace. The good news is there’s a great hike right outside your door! Here are 10 essential tips to get prepared, stay hydrated, and hit a nearby trail.
Water bottles – Staying hydrated is key, so make sure you pack enough water if you’re headed out on a longer hike.
Snacks – Protein and energy bars, as well as jerky, are filling and will give you the boost you need to finish your hike.
Layers (t-shirt, long sleeve shirts, shorts, pants, extra socks, hat) – Mountain weather is very unpredictable, so always come prepared.
Sunscreen – You can get sunburned even on cloudy days, especially if you’re hiking at higher altitudes!
Sunglasses – Polarized sunglasses are very important at high altitudes or when hiking through snow to protect your eyes.
Insect repellent – Keep those pesky mosquitos away on hot summer days!
Hiking poles – These are very helpful for your knees on steep ascents and descents. We recommend to carry light weight poles for ease.
Bear spray – If your park allows it and is known for its wildlife, it’s always good to carry bear spray in the very slim chance you may run into one.
Whistle – A small item to have in hand in case of an emergency.
Band aids – Blisters are no fun, so always have some extra bandaids in tow. A first aid kit is even better!