It’s that time of year again when hiking in Vermont becomes a regular weekend activity. Nothing makes me happier. Except being uncomfortable or not bringing what I need. Then I am not a happy hiker.
You can find a lot of hiking essentials articles and videos on the Internet, including our own hiking video at the bottom of this blog post, that emphasize what you need for safety. But I’m going to include just my recommendations on what to bring to make sure that it’s all happy trails and happy hiking for you.
- Enough water for the whole hike. It’s no fun when you run out of water halfway through.
- Bandana or small towel for wiping away sweat.
- DEET-based insect repellents on exposed skin – helps keep the ticks away.
- Ibuprofen and Band-Aids. If it’s a strenuous hike and you’re getting sore, this can take the edge off very well.
- Snacks! Almonds and an apple are good for a hike that’s a few hours long, but if it’s a day hike, you’re going to need more than that! Also, consider what will still taste good or be appetizing after a few hours in your backpack.
- Wet wipes. You never know if you’ll need to “wash” your hands.
- Sunscreen. Don’t get burned – it is completely preventable.
- Bear bell. Just for extra peace of mind.
- Poncho. Who knows when a storm will blow in?
- A fully charged cell phone or camera. For those once-in-a-lifetime photo opps!
What do you always bring with you on a hike?