Regardless of whether you’re an experienced mountain hiking pro or a beginner looking to explore the beauty of nature, taking a walk through the mountains is a refreshing and exciting journey. There are so many ways to do it. If you have limited free time, maybe you’re planning to spend a Saturday or Sunday visiting the nearest mountains and spending a few hours walking through the magnificent nature. But if you have some more spare time, perhaps you’re ready to indulge in a mountain journey for a few days or even weeks.
No matter the situation, mountain hiking requires a level of preparation to ensure your safety and your comfort. Due to the fact that most mountain hiking adventures are associated with visiting high mountain heights, you can expect to spend some time alone with yourself or friends or family. It’s safe to say that you can’t expect any stores nearby where you can purchase items that you’ve forgotten to pack.
So in this article, we’ll help you prepare by sharing a few must-have essentials. Bringing these items along will guarantee that you’re prepared for any scenario.
How To Pack For Mountain Hiking
Great, you’ve taken your mountain backpack out and you’re ready to start packing for your adventure. But what should you bring?
For starters, clothing is a key factor that will either make or break your journey. Going to the mountains with clothes that are not right for the weather conditions, the level of intensity of the hike, and other factors, is not only uncomfortable but could be dangerous. Before you leave, check the weather conditions and remember that nothing is ever certain about the mountains. You can expect to go through heavy rain, fog, and sunshine all in one day. That’s why it’s best to prepare by packing layers that you can take on and off, always bring a raincoat, have waterproof clothing, and a reliable jacket.
Provide comfort for your legs and feet
Your feet and legs will be handling a lot of weight during your hiking. Not only will they be carrying your body weight across different terrains but they’ll also be under the weight of a backpack with all of your items. To avoid discomfort and worse, long-term traumas, make sure that you’ve done all you can to protect them. Apart from buying reliable shoes that have been designed for the purpose, you can add a few additional products to your backpack.
If you have had previous knee injuries or feel slight pain while walking for longer time periods, you can pack a painless knee support brace. It will provide an extra level of support for your knees and will keep them protected throughout your adventures. Although they are commonly used after going through surgery, they are also suitable as support during any type of physical activity.
If you feel tension in your feet when exercising or walking, this may be a result of improper shoes. You can help your feet by taking a pair of support orthotic insoles that will reduce foot, leg, knee, and back pain. This product is amazing for a mountain hike as it’s designed with breathable materials, it’s quick drying, odor resistant, and lightweight. Additionally, you can take advantage of a pair of heel, ankle, and achilles pain management socks. They come in different sizes and get rid of pain instantly.
Cool gadgets to have
Now that we’ve covered the essentials – clothing, footwear, and foot support, it’s time to move on to the gadgets that you want to have when you’re up in the mountains.
A waterproof LED flashlight
As we noted earlier, you never know what to expect in the mountains. Maybe you’ve planned to only move during daylight, there may be external factors that prevent this from happening. For instance, maybe the weather conditions got worse and require that you wait for a while before continuing your journey. Maybe you saw a mesmerizing view that you decided to spend some time enjoying. Before you notice, the sun could be down and you could be stuck making your way back or continuing in darkness. A high-quality flashlight could save your life in this case. Our 2000 Lumens waterproof LED flashlight offers everything that you math need.
You can adjust its focus range, it’s comfortable to carry thanks to its clip attachment, and it’s perfect for hiking, camping, backpacking, and even hunting.
A multifunctional carabiner
What if we told you that you can bring with you a small item that has five different functionalities that you can use while exploring the mountains? A multifunctional carabiner is what we have in mind. It offers an integrated knife that you can rely on for a range of purposes like food, rope cutting, and more. It also has a saw function, a flathead screwdriver, a philips screwdriver, and can be used as a can opener. The best part is that all of this is combined in a carabiner that can actually be used for its original purpose too! Just attach it to your belt, pants, backpack, or jacket and enjoy peace of mind that you can solve five problems with a single item. It’s small, doesn’t weigh much, and you probably won’t even notice it on you until you need to use it.
A smart battery case
The worst thing that could happen when you’re exploring the mountains is for your phone battery to die. Yes, we know that a lot of people would prefer to disconnect while in the mountains but think about it. There is so much beauty that you probably want to capture with your phone camera. Or perhaps you need to notify someone about your exact location. And what if you need some help or need backup and support from an emergency team?
To ensure that your battery is strong during your adventures, pack a smart battery case. Our iPhone smart battery case is considered as one of the world’s best and smartest. It’s created using PC-ABS thermoplastic material and is resistant to drops and shocks. It also has a feature which allows it to protect your phone from overcharging. It’s also lightweight and has a thin design, ensuring that it causes no discomfort while carrying it. You can expect it to charge your phone from 0% to 50% in just half an hour!
A multi purpose pouch
Next up is another favorite item that we’ve classified as an essential for hiking – the military multi purpose pouch. It’s specifically designed to suit the purpose of hiking, climbing, airsoft, paintball, and camping. This product is extremely easy to carry as all you need to do is clip it to your belt or backpack. At the same time, it provides protection and organization for smaller items that you definitely don’t want to lose and want to have around for easy access at all times. Its durable materials guarantee long-term use and reliability. You can use it for first aid, MREs and ammo, there are no boundaries.
It’s made with elastic loops and offers a Velcro pocket. This product is perhaps one of the best ways to store your phone, protect keys, wallet, flashlight, documents, and other accessories or gadgets.
A survival bracelet
The paracord survival bracelet with firestarter is another cool gadget that almost sounds like it’s part of an action movie. This mountain hiking essential offers a total of four survival features that you can rely on in emergency situations. It comes with a 8’ of paracord, a whistle, a fire starter, and a mini saw. But its amazing features are not the only thing that make it unique. It’s also a cool adventure bracelet that anyone would love to wear. It’s available in 11 different colours, allowing you to stay stylish throughout your mountain journeys.
A first aid kit
Let’s not forget about one of the most important things to bring with you while adventuring in the mountains. A first aid kit is vital if you want to truly be prepared for any situations and have another level of safety and support. You can create your first aid kit by yourself by collecting all the necessary items into an easy to carry bag or box or you could purchase a pre-made one. Most first aid kits include things like tweezers, safety pins, scissors, glow sticks, spot check thermometers, gloves, medication, bandages, cleansing wipes, duct tape, plasters, wound dressing, and more.
Stay safe and enjoy your journeys
Hiking and other mountain-related activities like backpacking, climbing, and others, are all great ways to release some stress and recharge your emotional batteries. However, a fun adventure could quickly turn into your worst nightmare if you’re not well-prepared. We hope that the information we’ve provided in this article will help you approach your next journey with more care. The essentials we’ve shared here will truly help you enjoy your time and create unforgettable memories.