6 Must-Haves for Your Hike: A List for 2022
First on our list is a hiking backpack. Hiking backpacks allow you to carry all your gear in the most comfortable way possible and keeps your hands free. A backpack also gives an additional safety and security to your body with the extra gear loops, cushioned straps, belts.
Tip for choosing a hiking backpack: consider the length of your hike. If you are a day hiker, choose between 10 to 25 liters that should give ample space for water bottle, food, jacket, and other essentials. Check out Deuter Backpack-Futura 24 SL.
For multi-day and overnight hikes, Deuter Backpack-ACT Trail PRO 34 is a trusty companion complete with a spring steel frame and aircontact system, giving ample space for camping gear and additional padding for long hours on the trail.
Meanwhile, Deuter Backpack-Walker 16 Liters is a stylish city backpack with hiking features and room for a laptop—or more hiking essentials— and sternum straps for added stability.
FOOD AND WATER
When going on a hike, make sure you bring enough food to sustain your energy during a long day of activity. Some common snacks are energy bars, dried fruits, and nuts that you can easily take a bite and nibble on. For a filling meal, it’s best to pack a satisfying lunch to help you refuel. Stanley Adventure Vacuum Insulated Food Jar with Spork keeps your food warm or cold for hours with its double wall vacuum insulation.
Don’t forget to bring enough water to stay hydrated, too, while dealing with the sweltering heat. Stanley brand has a wide array of vacuum insulated bottles that you can bring to your hikes, but you might want to check out Stanley Master Vacuum Water Bottle with QuadVac Technology.
FIRST AID KIT
You may be hiking in a known and common trail, but it is imperative to take a first aid kit with you for minor injuries, along with medicines you need to take. Deuter-First Aid Kit Active is a complete kit with 10 common items for administering first aid, as recommended by medical experts.
Another item on the must-have list is a trekking pole, which reduces impact on the knees, improves stability, and helps prevent you from slipping when you get tired during uphill and downhill trek. KingCamp Air Trekking Pole is made of 100% carbon fire, making it ultra lightweight and easy to carry, while the KingCamp Compact TT Trekking Trail Pole has an adjustable length that you can shorten and sling in your backpack when not in use.
Last but not the least, some navigation devices. A map and a compass are two no-fail tools that are not only lightweight but simple to use. If you want a much easier and faster navigation, GPS devices and phone apps can be of great use as they provide real time and updated maps across the globe.
For advanced trekkers, a GPS smartwatch is worth the investment. The Garmin Fēnix line of multisport smartwatches are built for every fitness activity and expedition. Garmin Fēnix watches have Multi-GNSS Support, TOPO ski maps, golf courses, ClimbPRO feature, advanced health tracking— everything you need as you embark on a trip or adventure. Garmin Fēnix 6 - Multisport GPS Smartwatch lasts up to 18 days of battery life, while Garmin Fēnix 6X Sapphire - Multisport GPS Smartwatch lasts up to 80 days in battery life.