Whether you're an experienced hiker, or new to the outdoor hiking scene, it's important to make sure you're prepared for everything mother nature may throw your way. Are you worried about overpacking or leaving something behind? Not to worry!
Active.com put together a comprehensive list of all your hiking essentials -- depending on the distance and conditions you may face, each list covers everything you'll need to pack to have fun and stay safe.
Starting with the "eight essentials" for your basic short hike in mild conditions, this list includes:
You can find a complete list of all the recommended packing essentials from Active.coms's article What to Pack on Your Next Hike. These lists are full of all the gear you'll need to make your next outdoor excursion fun and safe. But remember, be safe and stay hydrated during your hike.
Dehydration Results In Lower Blood Pressure And Slows Bodily Processes. Active individuals should be aware of the acute effects of dehydration on performance. With just a 2% loss of water in the body, heat regulation becomes impacted. With a 3% drop in body weight from water loss, muscle cell contraction is impacted. And at 4% loss, there is 5-10% reduction in overall performance that can last up to 4 hours.
We need to hydrate. But how can you hydrate and replace electrolytes without the harmful additives like sweeteners and artificial flavoring common in sports drinks that are harsh on your stomach?