Top 5 Must Have Items for Your Day Hike

Everyone should have the top 5 must have items for your day hike!

Going for a walk or hike is very simple, but there are some must haves for your hiking pleasure. These are the top 5 must have items for your day hike.

1. Water – I can’t stress this one enough. It absolutely floors me how many times I’m out for a walk or hike and see so many people without any water. Whether you are on a 30-minute walk or a full 8-10 hour day hike water is a must!

I always bring more water than I think I will need because you never know what may happen.

Your goal is to avoid dehydration; if you are thirsty you are already on your way.

Signs of dehydration include:
• Little or no urine
• Urine that is darker than usual
• Dry mouth
• Sleepiness or fatigue
• Extreme thirst
• Headache
• Confusion
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• No tears when crying

Many people reach for the pre-made drinks like Gatorade when they want to prevent, or are dehydrated. Instead of going for Gatorade or the like, which are full of gross chemicals and unnatural ingredients, create your own.

Here is an easy DIY Electrolyte Drink Recipe:

1/2 cup fresh orange juice.
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice.
2 cups of water (filtered or purified) or raw coconut water.
2 tbsp organic raw honey or organic maple syrup.
1/8 tsp Himalayan Pink salt or Celtic sea salt (Himalayan has 84 trace minerals)

If your going to be out for a while these electrolyte powders by Dr. Price are a wonderful, and light, addition to your pack. I’m trying to be as health conscious as possible so I like that this brand is non-GMO, vegan, no sugar, and gluten-free! Plus they come in 3 flavors! Lemon-lime, Blueberry-Pomegranate, and Raspberry!

2. Reusable Bottle (for your water, see #1) – Americans throw away 35 billion empty water bottles a year. Of those, only 12 percent are recycled.

There are so many available options these days. Personally I like the reusable water bottles that have a clip so I don’t have to carry it, like this one from the Coldest Water Bottle.

3. First Aid Kit – Running with the element of surprise, you never know what could happen on the trail, in the park, or even in your backyard. I’ve had to use my first aid kit for others more than myself.

The basics will do, and I prefer the hard cases so that things like gloves don’t get accidentally punctured. Something like this one will come in handy if the need ever arises.

For something even smaller, this one will have the basics.

4. Snacks – Depending on how long you will be on the trail you may need a little energy; pick me up; or you may have health requirements (diabetes, etc.). This will be dependent on your trip, perhaps your intent is to catch your lunch (nice fishing hole?), or just a quick on the trail snack.

Here’s an example of a specialty product that is Paleo and gluten free, beef jerky (or other meats), dried fruits, and trail mix are great easy foods to bring on the trail.

5. Mace or Bear Spray – Self-defense is important, whether from two or four legged creatures. Here’s a good bear spray option which is good for two and four legged animals.

These are just a few basic suggestions, based on your needs of course there could be more. Be safe and prepared when you go out to find your wild!