Hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors, but hikers should be prepared by packing the necessary items to ensure safety and success. Here are three essentials every hiker should bring along for a day on the trail.
1. Water - Your body is going to need water to replenish muscles that have been working hard. It is recommended to drink at least two liters of water a day, so be sure to pack that much, or bring a tool to purify water you find along the trail.
2. Map - No one ever plans to get lost, but it can happen. Be prepared with a map to be able to find your way off the trail when you’re ready to be done. It may also direct you to local campsites and water sources. Bringing a compass along isn’t a bad idea either.
3. Layers and Rain Gear - This is especially important for overnight hikes, when the weather can change dramatically. Avoid cotton, which retains moisture, and keep a hat with you.