Hiking Supplies

Take a hike with this gear

When it comes to going hiking, having the right hiking supplies with you is absolutely vital. Hiking equipment includes anything necessary to keep you safe and sound when you are out hiking in the wilderness. Hiking backpacking equipment is important if you want to maneuver through the hiking trails safely and without having to worry about running out of water, having the wrong footwear, or ending up lost or unprepared should something happen. When it comes to packing your hiking supplies and hiking camping gear supplies, consider the following things:

  • You should think about the weather, the terrain, the environment and the altitude for where you will be hiking, so that you can make sure your hiking equipment corresponds with the needs that may arise during your hike. Modify the gear you bring based on the environment you will be in.
  • Will you be doing anything special along the trail? If you plan to do some rock climbing, mushroom picking or bird watching, for example, you will have to bring extra equipment or field guides.
  • Buy what you need, but do not bring more than what you need. You can choose cheap hiking equipment that gets the job done, and do not necessarily need to buy into the heavier duty, more expensive stuff unless you really, really have a need for it.
  • When in doubt, get advice when it comes to camping and hiking gear supplies.

Hiking Supplies Checklist

Here are some of the most essential hiking supplies, hiking gear and other hiking equipment that you may need for your trek.

Hiking Footwear:

  • Hiking boots or shoes that are adequate for the terrain

  • Gaiters
  • An extra pair of laces
  • Hiking socks

Hiking Clothing:

  • Convertible pants or shorts made from nylon
  • Jacket made from fleece
  • Undergarments made from polypropylene
  • Wide-brimmed hat to protect face from the sun
  • Long-sleeved shirt and hooded rain clothing
  • Protective gloves
  • Bandana

Hiking Safety and First Aid:

  • Compass and map
  • Water, water bottles, water purification tablets and water filters
  • Head lamp or flashlight
  • Food
  • Matches
  • Fire-starter and backup fire-starter
  • First-aid kit and supplies
  • Knife and multi-purpose tool
  • Sunblock and sunglasses
  • Whistle
  • Insect repellant
  • Keys, identification and money
  • Re-sealable plastic bags and plastic garbage bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Lip balm with a sunscreen element
  • 100 feet of nylon cord
  • Repair kit or sewing kit

Hiking Gadgets and Information:

  • Cell phone
  • Camera with film or memory card
  • Binoculars or other gadgets
  • Weather radio
  • GPS Device
  • Field guides
  • Books for specific hiking trails
  • Pencil and paper
  • Watch or stopwatch
  • Hiking poles

Depending on the length and terrain of your hike, you may or may not need many of these things, so tailor the list to suit your purposes. Pack it all in a good adjustable backpack that properly supports and distributes the weight of your gear, and happy trails!

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