Hiking and camping is increasingly becoming popular among individuals who enjoy nature and adventure to the core. Not only does hiking offer a chance to get up close and personal with nature and wildlife, but also tests your survival skills and the level of endurance you have out in the wild. However to enhance the pleasure and enjoyment of the adventure, it is essential that all necessary hiking gear is taken along.
Individuals, who opt to camp out during their trip owing to either love of enjoying raw nature or in order to save some cash spent in motels and hostels, require having proper hiking gear checklist before leaving. This allows them to optimally enjoy the trip without the hassle of finding out you forgot something and ending up in a situation that completely destroys the whole experience.
The list of camping and hiking gear highly depends upon the location and climate of the place you have chosen to hike. There are extended lists available online that explain what a hiker can possibly take along, depending on where he is off to. Here however, since I am focusing on the essential hiking gear to take along, I will be discussing the most basic requirements, as I have experienced myself the longer the list goes, the more tempted you get to carry almost everything on it.
So here is the most basic of my hiking gear list
Tents and Sleeping bags
The kind of tent to carry along depends on the weather and how light or tough trails is chosen for your hike. You can choose from a variety of sizes, shapes and prices as well. You can choose a simple bedroll or swag for light travelling in dry areas, or for wet terrains and jungles, a waterproof travel hammock hiking gear is good to keep you off ground. You can even find these with mosquito nets. Choose a heavy duty tent only if you are planning a long trip.
Also your sleeping bag should be selected according to climate; however a sleeping mat should be taken along for extra comfort and insulation against ground coldness. Generally the more money you pay for a sleeping bag, the more compact it gets to carry.
Choose a waterproof one to keep all your things, especially clothes dry. Make sure the pack is big enough to contain everything you want to take along, and never over pack. Make sure it is comfortable and as compact as possible.
Choose the best quick dry, light trek pants you can afford, preferably of a breathable fabric in your camping and hiking gear. For rainy or windy terrains take a rain/wind jacket along with a microfiber towel that dries instantly and absorbs more moisture.
A wineskin or a water bottle can be easily carried along the hike; however of you wish to keep your hands free, investing in a hydration pack is a good idea. It is a simple tube connected to the water sac in your pack.
This is an essential item too, especially if you are going on a long or tough terrain hike. They help keep off the extra strain on the knees, however on light terrains; they can best be kept home.
My hiking gear also include basic kits including the first aid kit along with headlamps, torches, matches, insect repellents, sunscreens, water purifiers, solar chargers, GPS system (A proper one, depending on your cell phone can let you down sometimes, as they have poor battery life) and knife. Again depending where you are hiking, take heat pack along if you will be camping at a cold place at night. Also for icy areas, an ice pick is recommended.
Other things to take along are the ones you will need on long trips, such as cooking stoves, coffee mug and coffee. I recommend the insulated cup that comes with a portable filter.
This is my essential hiking gear checklist that has allowed me to enjoy every hiking trip I have ever been on. You can of course depending on the duration and terrain you are visiting, add on the essential items you may need on the way. Happy hiking!
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