It’s no secret that I chose to live a healthy lifestyle from crossfit, beachbody workouts to spin — but it doesn’t stop there. I live in place where adventure is endless — hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, etc.
Before moving to Tahoe I had never really “hiked” in my life. I remember my first hike in Tahoe with my now husband. I’m surprised he stayed with me after that. As a true novice I only brought myself — yup, no food or snacks. Good thing he expected it and brought enough for two!
Although today I wouldn’t consider myself a hiking expert I’m definitely more experienced. A day hike can range from a few miles to 15ish. What you wear and bring can make or break a great day. When getting ready for a hike you always want to consider a few things: weather, difficulty and length. Hopefully my essentials will inspire you get outside and explore.
My Top 5 Day Hike Essentials
ONE | Daypack
Personally I like to carry my Camelbak on all day hikes — whether I’m going 2 or 10 miles. Carrying a hydration pack is way easier than water bottles. I typically carry 2L of water with me. Daypacks come in a variety of sizes — visit REI to find one that’s right for you.
TWO | Water + Snacks/Lunch
If we know we’re hiking a good distance we always pack sandwiches. For good measure I’ll also pack a piece of fruit and a few bars, but they usually make it back to the house. Like food/snacks I always carry more water than I need. You don’t want to run out of water on the trail. Not sure how much water you bring? Check out CamelBak’s hydration calculator.
THREE | Moisture Wicking Gear
What you wear can make or break your hike. When in doubt dress in layers. In the middle of summer I prefer shorts, but spring or fall I prefer capris or pants. Tank / Pants
FOUR | Good Shoes
When I first started hiking I just wore regular running shoes and it wasn’t until after a summer of hiking I invested in a pair of hiking shoes. Game changer! Happy feet, happy hiker. I personally like a low/mid hiking shoe instead of a hiking boot. My suggestion is trying on a few styles/brands and find something that works for you and your adventures. Shoes / Socks
FIVE | Sunscreen / Hat
You don’t want to end a great day exploring the great doors with a sunburn. Try applying sunscreen before you leave the house and again after lunch. For extra protection on your face try rocking a hat. I’m loving THIS one.
These are just my top essentials I do also always carry a map and first aid kit. What you need will typically be determined by the hike, but you should check out REI‘s 10 hiking essentials list.
What’s your top hiking essentials?