The Ultimate Hiking Essential Checklist

Are you packing for your next hike and not sure what you need? No need to worry! Whether it is a short two mile trail or a weekend day trip, a lightweight backpack full of your checklist of hiking essentials is key when enjoying any one of your adventures.

Here is your ultimate hiking essential checklist!

– The Proper Backpack –

A sturdy backpack is the basis when it comes to hiking gear. I currently own a CamelBak Aventura 18 Hydration Pack and wear it on every hike I’ve accomplished in the past three years. This backpack can hold any necessity such as sanitary wipes, Kleenex tissues, delicious trail snacks  – but most importantly, the pack can hold up to 100 fl oz of water.

– The Proper Footwear –

Standard hiking shoes or boots are equally great while on the trail – I prefer the Saucony Peregrine 5 Women’s Trail-Running Shoes. The reason I adore this shoe is simple; they leave my mind at ease. These shoes offer substantial grip in all directions, making it nearly impossible to slip or stumble while trekking up a steep mountain or running down a trail containing loose rocks.

Did you know the socks you wear when hiking are just as important as the shoe? R-Gear Drymax socks are a must when hiking long or even short distances.

Here are some of the R-Gear Drymax sock features and benefits:

  • Special dual layer moisture removal system which moves moisture off the skin to the outer layer, keeping your feet dry, comfortable and blister free
  • Breathable mesh for cooler and drier feet
  • Flat toe seam helps to eliminate blisters
  • 3D sizing is ensured for a custom fit
  • In-step hugging arch band to help eliminate blisters
  • MicroZap Antimicrobial which fights odor causing bacteria

You’re feet are at their comfiest when combining the proper shoes with the appropriate socks – this combo will surely make you a happier hiker as well!

DISCLOSURE: I purchased both my Saucony running shoes and R-Gear Drymax socks nearly three years ago – still today they are withstanding my weekly hikes and adventures. This proves that good quality and a few extra dollars DOES go a long way!

– Trekking Poles –

Trekking poles are an essential tool for hiking and exploring. Trekking poles, like ski poles, allow your arms to help propel you forward and adds stability. Whether you are walking on flat ground or up a steep hill, the poles can help to increase your average speed. Trekking poles are extremely useful for those who have weak legs or feet as the poles help to reduce the impact and maintain balance.

I use Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles – these are the strongest trekking poles in the Montem Ultra Series.

Here is a guide to help you decide which Trekking Pole is best for you!

My projects with Montem Outdoor Gear – full video links:

– Telescope Trekking Pole “How To”

– Ultra Z Folding Trekking Poles “How To”

 Montem Premium Waterproof Dry Bags “How To”

– Hiking Extras –

It is the little things we tend to forget about, which is why I always keep these items in my Camelbak at all times.

Here is your hiking essential extras checklist: 

Although many of the items in this list may not be considered absolutely crucial you might consider bringing them along with you.

Hiking is a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with friends and family. But remember it ALWAYS pays to be prepared!

Be sure to follow along with my adventures here on Instagram @southwestsampler

And as always, happy hiking!

xoxo ♥ AB

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