Equipments Required

 

  • Hiking boots or shoes. These come in a variety of high top (better ankle support), or low top (more comfortable) styles. Some hikers wear various rugged outdoor sandals. Footwear should be rugged enough for the terrain envisioned. Hikers will generally consider water proofing the boots or shoes.

  • Pocket knife, possibly with a tin opener and a saw.

  • Flashlight plus spare batteries and bulb

  • Trail maps with sufficient detail to be meaningful

  • First aid kit

  • Matches / lighter and possibly a flint or firesteel (always work, even when wet)

  • Water purification buying mineral water might be expensive, it will help you save some.

  • Water bottle – bring your water bottle, so that you can refill water in it through the plastic bottled mineral water, leave the plastic bottle in trash.

  • Plastic bags of various types and sizes to keep things dry and pack things out Garbage bags can be used to line the backpack with, but also to put in one's shoes to keep the feet warm, even when the socks are already wet.

  • Sleeping bag (and/or liner)

  • Clothes — best worn in layers, so one can easily adapt to changing circumstances. So two thin sweaters make more sense than one thick one. Also, on overnight trips, keep one set of clothes dry for evenings and nights (e.g. a jogging suit) and put the day clothes back on before one starts walking, even if they are wet.

  • A warm hat or cap — even when no cold weather is expected. Per weight and volume, this is the best insulator because a lot of body heat escapes through the head.

  • Rain jacket or parka — preferably either one that fits over the backpack or accompanied by a separate pack liner

  • Socks Along with footwear most hikers should also consider socks that will help wick sweat from the hiker's feet, provide warmth, and provide buffering inside the shoe.

  • Toilet paper or paper napkins — also handy as kindling

  • Sun cream and sun glasses — may be essential for those who are easily sunburned. Especially on snow, water or (to a lesser degree) sand. The reflection of snow can lead to snow blindness.

  • Gloves

  • Flip flops or sandals — for the evenings or night visits to the toilet (or whatever passes for that)

  • Towel — can double as a scarf or head dress (against the cold)

  • Soap and shampoo — can be frowned upon in National Parks. Preferably bio-degradable. Use sparingly and away from lakes and rivers.

  • Walking stick

  • Notebook

  • Earplugs — some forests can be noisy, especially cicadas in the tropics

  • Snacks — preferably of the healthy kind, as emergency 'power food'.

  • Binoculars — not only for birders

  • Camera plus spare batteries and film/memory card


 

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