5 “MUST HAVE” HIKING ESSENTIALS
You guys!! Have you noticed all the daffodils and tulips everywhere?! You know what they mean?? Summer is coming! With summer right around the corner I’ve been getting so excited to start thinking about hiking again… The more I hike the more I learn about the gear I like, and the gear I don’t like. Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite hiking items.
1. Hiking Boots
For YEARSSSSS I swore hiking boots were only for dorks and that running shoes were just fine. Then, a few years ago I bought my then boyfriend/now husband a pair of hiking boots since I couldn’t think of anything else to get him for Christmas. Every time we hiked together after that he’d go on and on about how amazing his boots were. Last fall he treated me to my very own pair and let me tell ya friends, hiking boots making hiking SOOOO much more enjoyable! These are the pair I got and I can’t recommend them enough!
2. Hiking Book
As great as it is to go back and visit your favorite trails year after year it’s also super fun to check out new trails occasionally. My parents have had the “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle” book for as long as I can remember and is how I found many of my favorite trails I hike every summer now. When we moved to New York I bought us “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: New York” and we’re well on our way to working through the hikes in this book. Click on the links below to check out the 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of a lot of other major cities!
No matter how short of hike you’re going on you should ALWAYS bring a back pack!! When we were on our Road Trip a few summers ago we decided to go for a “quick” hike in Arkansas… “It’s Arkansas, how long could the trail be?” … Is what we thought … WRONG! We got so lost, so hungry and SO thirsty I thought that hike was going to be the end of our relationship… Just take my word for it, get a cute pack like this one pack a water bottle, a few snacks and hike without worry!
I already mentioned how I used to think hiking boots were dorky… Well, I thought trekking poles were even dorkier and SWORE I’d never buy a pair. Then I hiked a few times on icy trails with friends who had poles and were flying ahead of me so I decided to try them out. I’ll never leave home without them! Trekking poles are one of the best investments you can make in my opinion, this set I’ve linked here are only $20, super light weight and will fit perfectly in most daypacks.
5. Micro Spikes
Micro Spikes are the most recent item I’ve added to my hiking gear collection and I can’t believe I waited so long to buy them! Last fall we went on a very late season hike and there was a lot of shady spots were ice hadn’t melted off, the whole time we swore as soon as we got back we’d buy these and we did. I’m so excited to be able to hike later in the fall and earlier in the spring now that I have these!
What items are your favorite pieces of hiking gear??
Have you gone on any early spring hikes?
Have a great weekend!!