Have you previously been hiking and thought to yourself, “This has been the most thrilling, but highly uncomfortable adventure of my life”? 😰 If that sounds like you, chances are you didn’t invest in the right gear before you set out on your adventure.
New hiking gear isn’t cheap, but it could be the difference in making those thrilling hikes even more exciting and comfortable. So, where do you start with new gear and what should you always purchase before your next hiking adventure? 🤔
An old pair of sneakers won’t cut it, regardless of what your next hiking adventure entails. 👟 Even a few short walks could prove to be uncomfortable, so investing in a new pair of hiking boots is the way forward. After all, hiking boots are built to last, so even if you don’t think you’re going to get your money’s worth this time around, you almost certainly will the next and the time after that 👍 Hiking boots not only provide comfort, but a good pair makes hiking much easier so you can always get more from your adventure.
You’ll be surprised by how many backpackers take a backpack with them that weighs heavier than themselves 😳 It’s pointless and will weigh you down and make you feel uncomfortable. Invest in a good lightweight backpack and it will look after you throughout your hike. When choosing a new backpack, always look for one that has a water sleeve and weighs next to nothing when empty – it will make a lot of difference to your journey and you’ll be able to walk for hours 🚶
Keeping your energy levels high is crucial when it comes to hiking. You never know when it’s a good point to get your head down so you can continue the rest of your adventure without feeling sluggish 😴 This is where a good hammock will come in handy. You can set it up wherever it’s safe and you feel comfortable. They’re not heavy and they don’t take a lot of space to carry with you 👌
A New Digital Watch
Just because you’re going on a hiking adventure, doesn’t mean you can’t take items to make your life easier outdoors. A good digital watch will give you directions, alert you to weather changes that could affect your journey, and it will, of course, give you the time so you can take regular rest breaks to keep you going for longer ⌚ They aren’t cheap, but they are worth their weight in gold when hiking into the unknown.
Clothing is just as important as the above when it comes to those strenuous hikes that require a lot more energy to undertake – the last thing you want is to face a steep hill and you’re wearing heavy gear that won’t help you get to the top 🌄 Lightweight clothes are a good starting point, but it’s also imperative you get clothes that are comfortable and ideal for the weather conditions you’ll be faced with. You may even want to consider clothing that has multiple uses. For example, a good pair of hiking pants may have two sections so you can switch between shorts and pants as and when you please, depending on the temperatures that surround you 🌡
There are no limits in terms of how much you should spend on new gear, and there are certainly no limits when it comes to how much gear you purchase. However, if you are serious about making your next hiking adventure a comfortable one, you should certainly consider investing in the above accessories. Granted, the gear above isn’t going to come cheap, but it’s going to last and it’s almost guaranteed to improve your comfort from the feet up 🤗 Remember to stay safe and have fun on your next hiking adventure!