Must Have Gear for Every Day Hike

Whether you are hiking in spring, summer, fall or winter, you need to be prepared for the elements. Packing the proper gear on any hike is essential if you want to stay safe. Even for extremely experienced hikers, you always want to make sure you are prepared! These are the things that I always bring on every hike! 

As always, make sure you dress appropriately and be ready for anything the outdoors can throw at you. Weather can be unpredictable and change at any minute. Respect the wildlife by staying at appropriate distances and stay on the trails in order to preserve the forest! For more information on each hike you can check them out on AllTrails.

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1. Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are the number on thing I recommend you bring on your hike. If you don’t bring anything else, make sure you bring a good pair of hiking boots! The mountains are known for their outdoor adventures and hiking trails, so if you are planning on heading to the outdoors you want to keep your feet happy with a good pair of boots! If you’re boots are not waterproof already, you can buy waterproof spray at any shoe store. The mountains are full of melting glaciers so you are bound to be walking through water if you are on a hike. I personally love Merrell hiking boots. They didn’t take any time to break in which was amazing!

2. Hiking pants

I’m not personally a fan of hiking in pants unless it is really cold out. I prefer to hike in shorts but on those cold spring or fall days you definitely will be glad you wore pants! Especially if you are planning on doing a sunrise hike, you don’t have the sun to keep you warm so you will want that extra insulation as you climb.  If you are looking for a pair to buy try to find ones that are at least semi-waterproof and easy to wash cause you will most likely be wearing them a lot! I personally use North Face Aphrodite pants. I highly recommend these!

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3. Water Bottle

You definitely want to make sure you have plenty of water, no matter what hike you are doing! I usually carry a 1L bottle in my pack and leave another 1L bottle in the car for when the hike is complete! Trust me, there is nothing worse than hiking on a hot day and running out of water!

4. Hiking PAck

A day pack is essential for any hike, especially in Iceland. Its the best way to carry your water, snacks and any extra layers with you up the mountain and on your adventure. There are many different brands but the only one I live by is Osprey. You won’t find a better made pack! I currently use the 24L Sirrus pack for my hiking trips, and a friend of mine uses the Raptor 10. Osprey has a ton of different pack styles so no matter your needs they will have you covered. What I love most about Osprey is that their packs last forever. I have never heard of an osprey pack not working. They also have lifetime warranty, so if something does manage to happen to your bag, they stand behind their design and will give you a brand new one for free!  

 

5. Extra Layers

The weather in the mountains can change very quickly so you want to make sure you always have base layers ready in case it starts to get really cold. I always carry an extra long sleeve in my pack when I’m hiking because as you get to higher elevations the temperatures generally gets lower.  Depending on the day and weather forecast I also sometimes carry mitts and a toque. My favourite base layers come from Eddie Bauer. They make the best outdoor clothing!

6. Windproof/Waterproof JAcket

Once you reach the peak of your hike chances are it will be pretty windy up there! I do a lot of my hiking on cloudy days and often times it rains on me so having a jacket that is windproof and waterproof is something I never leave the house without!  I live by Eddie Bauer for rain jackets as well. I have their Cloud Cap Rain Jacket which is completely water proof and wind proof. The jacket is really warm as well so on cold days I usually just wear a light base layer under it and I’m good to go!

One of my favourite things about Eddie Bauer is that they have A M A Z I N G sales. During June and December they clear out all of the old seasons items and you can get stuff for up to 70% off! 

 

7. Camera

The final thing you MUST bring on your hike is your camera! There are so many breath taking views in the mountains and with your camera you can remember them forever! I personally use the Cannon 60D with variety of different lenses. I find this camera is the perfect travel size and fairly light (depending on which lens I have on it). I believe the series is on the 80D now at the time of writing this post (2020). 

 

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