Hiking Gear Guide
Hikers are a dedicated bunch and hiking travelers have a special advantage of seeing the world from very unique perspectives. If you like to trek, whether at home or on the road, you know that the right equipment can make or break an excursion through some of the world’s great outdoors. Use our list of recommended hiking gear below to perfect your trekking style!
A good pair of anti-shock hiking sticks can be your best friend. They’re incredibly useful in almost any type of terrain and I also find that the poles help when my fear of heights kicks in. They keep me feeling steady and secure.
Depending on your hiking route’s terrain and weather conditions, a good pair of gaiters help protect your legs from getting wet.
Since I’ve experienced skin cancer a hat is a must for me. My Tilley Endurables Hat protects my face from the sun. I also like the mesh feature, which keeps my head from getting too hot.
Zip-off pants are indispensable on any hiking trip. And the pockets are a big bonus. I keep my iPhone in one for easy access just in case an animal sighting occurs and I don’t have time to pull out the good camera from the backpack. That’s why I pack several pair of Sierra Designs Women’s Hurricane Pants.
Patagonia raincoat Torrentshell rain jacket helps you stay comfortable, warm and most importantly, dry. We love its highly breathable quality that doesn’t make it too suffocating.
Alan and I both wear Merino Wool Hiker Socks to keep our feet dry, comfortable and cushioned on a long day of exploring. Shh, don’t tell anyone, but I sometimes wear these around the house as bedroom shoes.
We avoid backpacks whenever possible because they’re hard on our boomer backs. Our choice is to hike wearing The High Sierra Express Lumbar Pack, which is just the right size for a day hike.
Be sure to tuck several packages of adhesive body warmers into your pack. They come in varieties for hands, toes, feet and more. It’s your insurance against extra cold weather.
Sombra Warm Therapy Natural Pain Relieving Gel ($14.26) – No matter what your age or fitness level, we all get aches and pains after a long day of hiking. This natural pain relieving gel is a must for post-hike care!