It’s summertime during a pandemic and everyone and their grandmother is suddenly a hiking enthusiast. Okay, maybe not your grandma, but almost everyone is taking up a new outdoor activity like their lives depend on it. And rightly so! Outdoor activities are a great way to stay active and get out of the house as compared to other riskier summer activities.
All that being said, how long is it going to last? Hiking can be fun, but are you really going to keep up with it after the novel sensation wears off? Maybe you will, but for anyone that’s reluctant to go all out on the hiking equipment for their first time, this blog post is for you.
Below are a few key items you can invest in now to get a taste of what hiking is all about, but can still use for any number of other reasons or activities just in case hiking isn’t really for you.
When it comes to clothes, there are a few items you’ll want to include in your arsenal:
UV Protective Long Sleeves
Being in the outdoors requires a good amount of coverage. Not just for UV protection, but also for things like insects, thorns, and sweat wicking purposes. Get yourself a couple sun protective long sleeves to use on your hikes and you can use them almost anywhere else. No more farmer’s tan after mowing the lawn.
They do exactly what they’re named for and depending on the season can make your hikes a lot more comfortable, especially if your hikes increase in altitude. A windbreaker will ensure that your undergarments actually keep you insulated.
You probably don’t want to go hiking with an umbrella, so a heavy duty rain jacket is a must, preferably a packable one that you can always have on hand.
Shoes & Accessories
Shoes: A good hiking shoe is lightweight, breathable, and supportive while still offering sufficient traction, protection, and durability over any terrain. A perfect alternative for a pair of hiking boots is an equally functional waterproof work boot. They’re built to hold up against tough working conditions, provide traction across different types of terrain, and are protective against the elements. And the best part is they can transition easily into other settings outside of the hiking trail; ideal for yard work, pool maintenance, or just a rainy day.
Our pick: The EVER Boots Ultra Dry. They are completely waterproof, lightweight, and super versatile. The full grain leather upper paired with a mesh inner lining make the interior breathable, cool, and, most importantly, dry. They’re the best work boots for hiking.
Socks: You could have the best boots in the world, but did you know that your socks can make a huge difference in how comfortable your hike is going to be? Merino wool socks are our favorite to pair with your boots. Whether you’re hiking or working in the backyard, merino wool socks will keep your feet dry and well insulated without overheating.
The natural fibers are sweat wicking and breathable. Plus they hold up better than other fibers like cotton, which is crucial when they undergo the kind of stress that comes along with the ups and downs of hiking.
Water bottle: Get yourself a nice, double insulated water bottle. Not only does it keep your water cold for 12+ hours, but it helps the environment by reducing plastic waste. You might want one with a handle or something similar that can be easily attached to a backpack.
Portable phone charger: These are a lifesaver… literally! Carry one on the trail just in case. You may think your phone battery will last you the whole day, but a portable charger is one of those things that - when you need it, you need it.
Hiking is a great getaway nowadays. But if you don’t think you’re ready to invest in serious hiking gear just yet, these items will help make sure you’re safe and comfortable on some of your first hiking adventures. If you end up loving it and want to take it to the next level, you’re good to go.
But if not, you’ll still have a bunch of new goodies that you can still fully use on a regular basis. Now that you have everything you need, get out there, stay safe, and keep social distancing.
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