I LOVE to hike. It is such a nice break from reality, a chance to think clearly. But if you are new to hiking, you might not be totally sure of what to bring. Here are my tips:
Quick note – this is LA hiking, not trekking through a jungle (although that sounds great!). There is no chance of rain here, so be sure to waterproof as needed!
I would always recommend bringing these 5 essentials, no matter how big or small the hike!
- Your ID/Driver’s License. If you are driving, duh, you will need it. But if you fall or get hurt, someone is going to need to know who you are.
- Your medical card. Kind of goes hand-in-hand with #1…if you need to visit the hospital because your hike got a little too extreme, you might want to have this card handy.
- AAA card. Nothing worse than a long, tiring hike and coming back to a flat tire.
- A debit/credit card. Maybe you bump into some friends on the trail and want to get a post-hike smoothie? Or maybe you meet a new cutie and make plans to grab a coffee? You never know! Better to be prepared!
- Cash. Oh damn, you thought parking was free…SMH
- Chapstick (I mean, it is kind of an essential for me)
- A hat. Listen up kids, keeping your skin looking great is cool, so slap on some SPF and grab a hat or visor! I got mine here, from Nike. Although I kind of look like a soccer mom, I like that I can keep my hair in a high pony.
- A water bottle. I prefer reusable ones since they are environmentally friendly. REI also has cool collapsible ones! Pretty nice way to keep weight down!
- A doggie bag. This is a MUST if you are hiking with a pup (please don’t be that person that doesn’t have a bag!). Or you can just be the do-gooder that has an extra for that person on the trail.
- A backpack. If you can keep all of your stuff tucked away in a pocket or don’t mind holding things, more power to you. But I like to be hands free when I hike, so I prefer a backpack. Any kind will do, but I like mine small and light weight. Mine is from Longchamp, but I found it at a thrift shop for cheap cheap
I hope this makes hiking a little simpler! Or if you are just nosey (no shame), now you know what I bring. Happy trails!
What do you bring on a hike? Let me know.