How To: Pack for your hiking trip
Energy and hydration
Fuel up on protein-rich snacks. You can’t go wrong with some good ol’ fashion trail mix or homemade energy bars. To stay hydrated, bring at least a 1 liter bottle of water. It may feel heavy at the beginning of the day, but it will be most likely be empty towards the end.
REI Nalgene Everyday Wide-Mouth Loop-Top Water Bottle - 32 fl. oz., $10, rei.com
Insider's tip: Bring a few plastic baggies to store your trash until you find a garbage can. This keeps the trail beautiful for other hikers.
Picking the right shoes is crucial. For strenuous or rocky terrains, opt for durable boots with ankle support. For lighter hiking, a pair of running shoes with good traction will do the job. Double-check with your parents first to see which is best for your trip.
Columbia Coremic Ridge™ 2, $65, zappos.com
Insider’s tip: Bring a few pairs of wool or synthetic socks for sturdier boots. Anything made from cotton might give you blisters. Ouch!
A comfortable top is key when lugging around your packing bag. Pick a top that’s breathable so you won’t get overheated.
Nike Pro-Core Fitted Women’s Training Shirt, $25, nike.com
Insider’s tip: Bring layers! It might be summer, but it gets cold at night, so stash a sweatshirt and windbreaker.
For moderate climates, choose yoga or workout pants. Avoid anything too baggy or long, so you don’t snag on something or trip over yourself.
Women’s Team Girl Fitness Capris, $40, underarmor.com
Insider’s tip: Hiking somewhere warmer? Check out our fave workout shorts.
REI Flash 18 Pack, $30, rei.com