You’re ready to go hiking for the day, but you want to make sure you have everything you need when you’re out in the wilderness. All alone. With bears, lions, antelope, and pumas. Here’s what you’ll need to succeed.
1. The Pack
Where to start? REI. Look for a pack that has a pocket for the bladder (the water bottle). Also known as the “Internal hydration reservoir sleeve (hydration reservoir sold separately)”
2. Hydration Reservoir
Mac just bought the “Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir – 3 Liters” at REI a couple of weeks ago. You do not need an Osprey hiking pack for it to work. All you need is a pack with a hydration reservoir sleeve and you’re all set.
3. GU Energy
Caffeine, carbs, amino acids. The perfect way to fuel up with adding barely any weight to your pack. These weigh 1.8 lbs each and have 21 total carbs. Since 1993, GU Energy has been developing flavors like Birthday Cake and Strawberry Banana to keep you going.
4. PB & J
Peanut butter is a great source of protein when you’re on the go. Grab a piece of wheat bread and slap some peanut butter on there. Add a bit of strawberry jelly and oooo yes, ready to go.
5. Beef Stick
You’re going to burn a heck of a lot of calories on your hike, which is why I’m a big advocate of packing protein-rich snacks. If you love salty foods, beef sticks are the way to go. Amazon loves these guys & so do I.
6. Light Jacket
Some hikes will start off warm, but then the further you get up it might start to cool down. It’s always a good idea, in general, to have an extra layer when you’re up in the mountains.
7. Bear Spray
Odds are you’re not going to see a bear. However, it’s better to be prepared than anxious.
8. Dog Bowl
The pups get thirsty, too. Bonza has a collapsable, light weight dog bowl that will fit perfectly into your pack.
9. Hiking Poles
Find the poles for you here at REI.
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