As summer begins to wind down, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the last few weeks of warmer weather. As the heat begins to cool, you’ll probably want to spend that time with friends and family hiking and camping.
But if you’ve never been hiking before, it can be a bit intimidating and you’ll want to come prepared. Bringing the right hiking gear is absolutely essential.
The right gear can keep your body safe, warm (or cool), and protects you from the environment.
Read on for some essential pieces of hiking gear you’ll need to bring along with for your hike.
What To Wear Hiking: Men’s Athletic wear
1. Sunscreen or a Hat
First and foremost, you’re going to want to wear something that protects you from the sun. It’s going to be hot, and you’re going to sweat a lot. Plus, depending on the fairness of your skin, you may suffer a sunburn on even the most overcast of days.
Protect yourself from some unnecessary pain and prevent skin cancer by giving yourself some shade. Either find the right sunscreen for your skin type or bring a hat.
Should you bring a hat, make sure you wear something that provides enough shade to your entire head. This includes the back of your neck.
2. Athletic Shorts or Pants
Truthfully, whether you wear athletic shorts or regular shorts is a personal choice. That said, it’s recommended that you pick some form of long pant made from synthetic material.
Any form of cargo shorts is perfectly acceptable. The key here is to make sure that you’re wearing something you’re comfortable walking in.
A quick word of warning, be sure that you know your terrain. If you’re going to walk through lots of muddy or watery areas, or locations with weeds or tall grass, wear long pants.
Yes, they’re going to make your body warmer, but pants can protect you from ticks and leeches, unlike shorts.
3. A Loose, Comfortable Shirt
Like with shorts or pants, you have a lot of freedom here. It’s ultimately up to you and what you feel most comfortable in.
Flannel, for example, is common thanks to its soft texture and relative durability. However, it’s recommended that you wear something slightly long and breathable.
Something like gym wear isn’t a bad idea, as it allows your skin to breathe and sweat to dissipate.
4. Hiking Boots
Of course, you’re not going to want to go hiking in a pair of Converse or flip flops. In fact, doing so would be dangerous and harmful to your feet.
Instead, invest in a decent pair of or hiking boots. They may cost a pretty penny upfront, but most boots will last for years and are tremendously durable.
You’ll also want to pick up some thick socks. While hiking socks are recommended, any pair of thick gym sock will work.
5. A Backpack
Finally, you’ll want to bring along a backpack for your journey. Make sure your backpack is fully stocked with the essentials, such as:
- Water (and lots of it)
- Bug spray
- Healthy snacks like trail mix or a granola bar
- A first aid kit
- A raincoat
- An extra pair of clothes
- A GPS or map
It sounds like a lot, but you’d be surprised how much the average backpack can fit.
Did we miss anything? Let us know below! Now pack up and go hiking!