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What to pack for a day of hiking in Colorado

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.

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)”

If you’re a REI member, check out the dates for their next Garage Sale. You’ll probably be able to find one of these for significantly less $$$.

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.

Peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches on plate with milk

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.

Happy Hiking!


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