Spring has come around quickly, rain or shine it’s the perfect opportunity to break into the great outdoors. Nothing beats the raw sense of achievement as you reach the end of your mountain climb or trail. We want you to make your own experiences and conquer new outdoor challenges this Spring, with this in mind we take a look at the essential gear for your perfect hiking adventure.
It’s important to choose your gear carefully, starting with the backpack itself. You need something that can take a beating but won’t weigh you down. For a short weekend trip anything up to 50 litres should work. For multi-day trips you might want to look at something up to 80 litres, to carry more supplies and gear. Our personal favourite is the Osprey Range.
LifeProof Protected SmartPhone
For the modern backpacker, the smartphone has become the new Swiss-Army knife. The small device doubles as a camera, navigation system, flashlight and a whole lot more. You can equip this crucial tool with a LifeProof waterproof, drop proof case to make sure it stands up to the challenges of your adventure.
Probably the most essential piece of kit that you’ll need for your hiking adventure. Poor quality boots can bring about injury or a painful hike that will have to be cut short. Take some time when choosing your boots and make an informed choice. We won’t recommend a brand as this is a very personal choice but be sure to tell store staff what you’re planning to do and they can advise the best footware…and socks…for you.
If your trip involves nights out in the open then you’ll need quality shelter. Once again, you need to be conscious of the balance between weight and durability. When choosing a tent, take into account the length of your trip, the location and weather conditions. Vango have proven time and time again that they create some of the best lightweight tents.
Fueling your body is crucial to overcoming any physical challenges. Make sure you have a good meal before you set off and pack some protein bars for on-the-go snacks. If you plan on cooking hot food along the way you’ll need a light yet effective solution. A typical ‘Caldera’ stove won’t weigh you down and requires as little as 25ml of alcohol for fuel.
Make sure you equip yourself with a decent supply of water in order to prevent cramps, fatigue and exhaustion. A good rule of thumb is 0.5 litres of water per mile hiked, but you may need more if you’re going uphill or to a very hot area. To cut down on weight you could bring a water filter, rather than multiple bottles and refill as you go.