Hiking Gear You Need to Take on a Ramble Or Hike
So you want to go hiking and therefore you need to understand what hiking gear you will need to take with you. The stores are full of lots of gear for hiking that they want to sell you.
However here are the main things you need to consider when deciding what hiking gear you need.
1. Rucksack. Sounds obvious but you want a quality rucksack when hiking. There are different sizes of rucksack depending on the type of hiking you are planning. You also need to investigate how to pack a rucksack as this is also very important. This is really a subject of its own. However, you need to concentrate on packing the heavy items at the top with easy access to the things you may need first (such as waterproof clothing etc).
2. Clothing and waterproof gear.Take at least one pair of complete clothing depending on the number of days you are hiking for. Your clothes should be resistant to absorbing water (i.e not jeans) and it is better to take a number of thin jumpers than a thick jumper. Also please remember 80% of heat is lost through your head - so a hat is a must. In addition, most importantly buy some good quality waterproof gear. A good raincoat (not thin) and waterproof leggings is essential to keeping dry and safe on a hike. This hiking gear is very important for a hike.
3. Hiking boots. Another essential item to your hiking gear are hiking boots. You need strong boots for the tough trail ahead. Your boots should support your ankles as well as your feet. Make sure they are comfortable and fit well. Also, make sure that you wear your hiking boots a number of times before you use them on the hike. This will help prevent blisters - not nice.
4. Map, Compass. It is obvious but you need to know where you are going and plan your route and have a map and compass. It is an essential aspect of your hiking gear. Also, ensure you know how to use them. How to read a map. How to set a map using your surroundings and a compass.
This is not a complete list of all the hiking gear you need to take on a hike however it is a start for the main essentials.
The above hiking gear will help you to prepare for a fantastic and memorable hike. Have a great time!