Last Sunday, I went on a hike at
The experience wasn’t all bad. I got to spend serious bonding time with my loved ones in the middle of a fall color explosion.
At the end of the day, I did wish I had the following products to help make my trek easier.
- Hiking boots. Proper footwear can make all the difference during a challenging hike. My running sneakers gave me proper support, but were neither water proof or had the proper grip I needed for this trail. All my hiking companions raved about their Merrell’s hiking boots. My plan is to pick up a pair ASAP.
- Protein Bar. During our rest breaks, I couldn’t help looking on with envy as my friends refueled with protein bars. I, trying to be health conscious, packed a bag of baby carrots as my snack. Big mistake. With challenging climbs, you need to refuel. Next time, I will eating a yummy carrot cake Clif Bar instead.
- Backpack. I went out on the trail with only the clothes on my back. My boyfriend was kind enough to carry my food and water for me, but I quickly learned this is not the norm. Carrying my own supplies would have been smarter, especially if we wanted to split up. I plan on getting my own North Face backpack because it is versatile for both the hiking and my other life adventures.
- Flash Light. Do not go out into the woods without a flash light. I REPEAT don’t go off into the woods without a flash light. No matter what time you head out or how long your trail, carrying a flash light is a must. Weather can change and you can get lost. On our trip, we managed to beat an impromptu storm, but thirty minutes later, we could have been stuck in the dark. I wish I had my own flash light with me, like this Eddie Bauer LED headlamp. That way I am guaranteed to see where I am going with my hands free to climb.
- Moisture Wicking Clothing. As an experienced runner, I am not sure why I didn’t think to wear moisture wicking clothing on my hike. Nothing is worse a sweaty cotton long sleeved t-shirt in the cold. If I had this LLBean Power Dry long sleeved base shirt, I would have been much more comfortable.
Lesson learned: Even though I am enjoyed my quality time hiking with friends, next time I will make sure I am properly prepared.
Do you have any hiking tips to share?