Hiking Basics

Longer Distance Day Hiking Basics 

Must haves:

  • Body Glide to reduce chaffing
  • Trekking poles
  • A comfortable backpack that meets your needs
  • A water reservoir that meets your needs
  • Calories
  • Electrolyte mix
  • Gloves to reduce blisters
  • Duct tape on your feet where you would normally blister
  • A Steri Pen as back up if you don’t have support
  • Pain killer
  • A positive attitude
  • A few friends

If hiking during the night:

  • Everything above
  • A headlamp that you are comfortable with
  • Backup batteries

Gear we have used and would recommend:

  • Keen Trail Runners or
  • Vibram Five Finger Spyridons (for the minimalist)
  • Osprey Manta 25/30 pack or
  • Mountain Hardwear Fluid packs or
  • CamelBak Ridge Runner pack
  • Klean Kanteen for electrolyte mix – 27 or 40 0z
  • Outdoor Products Trekking poles – inexpensive and functional
  • Teko Socks if you wear shoes
  • PrincetonTec  Headlamps
  • Mountain Hardwear offers the  most durable selection of pants, shirts, and outerwear.  We have found non-cotton clothing works best as it limits chaffing.


  • Know your route
  • Know your limits
  • Let someone else know where you are
  • Carry a mobile device
  • Hike with a friend
  • Practice Leave No Trace Trail Ethics
  • Plan your water supply and use a SteriPen as a back up

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