No matter where you are or what the terrain may be, walking a trail is always an awesome experience. You get away from being cooped up at home, experience nature in all its glory, and burn calories with every step you take. The saying in Colorado is that if you are going to hike, prepare for it like you will be hiking overnight. Even if you only plan to be gone for an hour or two.
Safety is always a concern, of course. If you injure yourself by twisting your ankle or find yourself in an area you don’t recognize, you’ll be glad that you had the right type of equipment with you. Here is a quick list of 10 items that you should take along every time you embark on a trail, whether it’s a new path or one you’re familiar with:
Food and Water
Water is essential to bring along, even on a relatively short walk. This will keep you hydrated throughout your trek. Camelbak hydration systems are a great option (and they integrate with our Hydro-Vape backpacks...) Also, foods high in fat will give you energy when it's needed, so bring along a few snacks to keep you going.
Although many popular places to hike are in rural areas that don’t get the best reception, it’s always good to bring along your cell phone in case you need help and can get at least a bar or two.
If things get really bad and you don’t think you’ll be able to find your way back, you will love the fact that you have a beacon to alert a search and rescue team to your whereabouts by way of a satellite system. Activating a beacon can be pricey, but if your life is on the line, it’s obviously worth the cost.
First Aid Kit
Be sure to select a first aid kit that is compact and weatherproof. Then, fill it with at least the bare necessities like waterproof matches, stomach and pain medication, bandages, gauze, an emergency mylar blanket, and any prescription medications that you might need.
Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution. Bringing a compass along will allow you to always know which direction you should head in if you get lost and need to find your way back to civilization.
Regardless of what time you’re hitting the trail, it’s a good idea to pack a flashlight just in case you get lost and are forced to stay in the woods overnight or navigate once the sky has fallen dark.
This is another must-have, especially if your trail is located in an area that tends to get cold. There are plenty of options here, from simple things like matches and lighters to products that create an instant fire no matter the weather.
Any good survivalist will tell you that a knife is an essential tool. You never know when you might need one, especially if you’re stranded and need to gut a fish or skin an animal for food. Heck, you can even use a knife to whittle a branch into a makeshift spear to kill your next meal, which means it can pull double duty.
An air horn is another item with more than one function. The loud sound it makes can help you alert nearby (and not-so-nearby) persons of your whereabouts, and it can also be used to ward off unwanted critters that you might come across.
If you plan to hike in what’s known as “bear country,” you need a way to protect yourself, which basically means equipping yourself with bear spray. These sprays can absolutely save your life and the lives of anyone with you. Sage Advice: If you are in a group and see a bear, you don’t need to outrun the bear, just the slowest person in your group.
All joking aside, Vaprwear is a huge proponent of being outdoors and a healthy lifestyle. These supplies will help you stay safe on your next hiking adventure and you can add to the list as you see fit. If you’d like to know more about our products, especially the ones featuring our integrated vapor delivery system, be sure to reach out to our wonderful staff.