If you are planning a dayhike to a National Forest, what essentials should you bring
along with you for the day?
Here are some of the basics:
1. Daypack- chose a well fitting bag that has enough room for your gear but isn’t
too big and heavy. You want lots of adjustable straps and places to hook extra
gear like coats and water bottles.
2. Hiking boots or shoes- make sure they fit you properly and if its your first trip
out don’t make it a long day, you need time to break them in. Plenty of hikes
have been ruined by blisters and sore feet so take the time to choose the right
foot wear. Its not a bad idea to bring along a few blister bandages or extra
socks in case you do start having some foot issues.
3. Wear layers- its hard to predict the weather and you want to be able to adjust
your clothing up and down as you get hotter or cooler. T-shirts under fleece
jackets and a separate wind breaker over top are a great way to keep you at
the right temperature. Temperature can change at different elevations or as
you are exerting yourself more. Being prepared to be colder than you expect
can prevent an uncomfortable trip.
4. Food- meal replacement bars, trail mix, fruit and protein drinks like Myotein
protein powder are light weight and will give you the essential nutrients, as
well as the protein your system is going to need, in order to get you through a
lengthy and tough hike. Protein is essential to keep your system operating as it
should; especially when you are going to be burning plenty of calories and are
going to be out in tough conditions and extreme temperatures for the day.
5. Water- bring more than you think you will need. Even though water is
probably the heaviest item you will need to pack, its really essential. A camel
pack is a good way to distribute the weight and make it more portable. You
might also consider bringing along a portable water filter in case of
Enjoy your day hike in the national forest, it’s a really rewarding way to spend a day,
get back to nature and get some fresh air!