Hiking and Camping: The Checklist of Essentials
Do you have the tendency to over pack when going on a hiking or a camping trip? Well, this wouldn’t necessarily be a problem. Being prepared is, in fact, a good thing. But by trying to cut down on the things you bring when going out for a hike is something you would end up thanking yourself for. Bringing only the essentials would not only make your hiking bag lighter, it would also cut down on the time to pack all the stuff you need. It doesn’t matter if you pack at the last minute or if you suddenly want to go on a spontaneous trip with your friends. As long as you have this list, you’ll be fine and for sure will be having a great time!
Following Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, the first thing on this list is definitely the most essential, don’t you think? Bring with you food and water that you think would last just enough for the whole trip. After you’ve assessed how much is enough, it would be best to add more that could last you for a whole day. Going on hiking and camping trips come with a little risk and unexpectedness that begs for your utmost preparation. Calorie-dense foods are recommended to help fuel you on your hike. When taking on environments with moderate temperatures/terrain, bring with you about half a liter of water per hour, and be aware of where and how to treat water while hiking.
This is pretty much self-explanatory. Again, always stick to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs when considering the essentials to bring on a hiking and camping trip. Unfamiliar environments will surely test your preparedness. Remember, it is better safe than sorry! Here’s a list of the items you will need in your first aid kit:
- Antiseptic wipes and/or alcohol
- Elastic bandages
- Emergency blanket
- Scissors and tweezers
- Triangular bandage
- Safety pins
- Adhesive tape
- Gauze roll and pads
- Instant cold pack
- Emergency contact information and medical information for family members
When choosing a bag to bring on a hike, consider a bag that is durable, lightweight, and suitable to the environment that you will be taking on. We recommend our Vitchelo 30L Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack. This product will keep your valuables safe when going on adventures such as kayaking, hiking, camping, or touring. Its strong roll-top closure mechanism, made of vinyl tarpaulin with a sturdy welded seam, provides a secure watertight seal and will last longer than most brands. This ensures your valuables and electronics have more protection. The bag’s composition and build prevents back strain and maximizes your overall comfort during the trip.
The weather is always unpredictable and the only way to address this problem is to stay prepared. Accommodate the changing weather by dressing in layers. Opt for moisture-wicking clothing, and make sure to carry a hat that’ll keep you warm. When choosing shoes or boots for hiking and camping, consider traction, support, and protection.
If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready! Here’s a mini checklist for the gear you will be needing for your next hiking and camping adventure:
- Tent and sleeping bag - What is a camping trip without a tent, right? You wouldn’t want to be sleeping on the cool, damp forest floor or on rocky terrain now, would you? When picking out a tent and where to set up, consider the possibility of tent condensation. When picking out a sleeping bag, consider its ability to retain your warmth.
- Headlamp - It would be unwise to use your gadgets to supply you with lighting as the night sets in. Our Vitchelo V800 Headlamp lets you see up to 360 ft (110 m) in the dark. It is compact, lightweight, comfortable, water-resistant, and has a longer battery life.
- Knife or Multi-Tool - A multi-tool can assist with gear repair and first aid, among other things.
If you’re pretty much experienced in going on hiking and camping trips, you’re going to do just fine without this list. However, there’s nothing wrong with going back to your essentials. And who knows, you’re probably even still overpacking. These are just mere suggestions and reminders about the precautionary measures and preparations you should be making before your next hiking and camping trip. No one knows yourself better than anyone else, but you. So pack to your own needs and according to the needs of your trip.
We wish you a safe and memorable trip!