Basic Hiking Equipment for Beginners

Answer me this; who doesn’t love the great outdoors? Save a handful of uber urbanites, it’s hard to think of anyone, right? Heck, if they’re really honest about it, even confirmed cosmopolitans would admit it’s hard to trump Mother Nature. Even if the admission comes through gritted teeth, the point still stands; an affinity for nature is hardwired within us all. It’s something we simply can’t get away from. And, you know what they say, if you can’t beat them, join them.

Now, without a doubt, the best way to enjoy nature is to immerse yourself within it. And, without a doubt, the best way to do that is to go hiking. Much as I would love it to be the case, however, you can’t just dive straight into the wilderness. Not without the right gear, you can’t, at any rate. That’s why, way before you hit any trail, you’ve first got to sort yourself out with the right hiking equipment.

Basic Hiking Equipment for Beginners

Since hiking is pretty much walking on steroids, it goes without saying you’ll need to track down some appropriate footwear. For rugged trails, sturdy boots are hikers’ go-to option. While, for gentler terrain, trail running shoes can be just the trick. Don’t forget, while you’re at it, to pick up some quality hiking socks. Lots of seasoned hikers swear by merino wool socks, so keep an eye out for a pair of these. Trust me, your toes will thank you for it.

Now that you’ve got your feet sorted, you’ll next want to address the rest of your hiking get-up. On this front, be on the lookout for a base layer, a windcheater, a pair of hiking pants, and a fleece. That should be enough to get started with. Or, at least, as far as clothing goes it should be. You see, before you head for the hills just yet, there’s still a couple more bits and bobs you’ll want to pick up.

For starters, you’ll want a backpack to hold all your odds and ends. 15-20 liters should be big enough for most day hikes. You’ll also want some water bottles – preferably insulated ones. On top of that, you should definitely give serious thought to getting a good first aid kit. Accidents – as you can well imagine – are reasonably common. So, best be prepared, don’t you think? Finally, to round out your kit, you should get a map and a compass. After all, it always pays to know where you’re going!

And that’s it. That’s your basic hiking equipment pretty much sorted.

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