Besides hiking, I love shopping for all that is hiking. There are so many unique, cool and helpful products out there for hiking.  So, I thought I would do some online shopping and put together a review of my favorite gear.  

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Updated May 27, 2020

Nathan Trail Mix Hydration Backpack

I originally purchased this hydration vest for training to run a marathon.  But it has been spectacular on hikes too.  It is so handy to take a sip from the straw whenever I need a drink.  There is no stopping to dig into a backpack to find my water.  It is right there handy.  

This pack is lightweight and I have no issues wearing it on long hikes.  The pockets in the front give me easy access to my cell phone so that I can snap fabulous photos of scenery along the trail.  There is lots of room in the back pockets for snacks and extra clothes.  

This was easily my best purchase for hiking.  

Merrell Waterproof Hiking Boot

I love my Merrell Hiking Boots.  I need a little bit more ankle support as I am prone to twisting and re-injurying a previous sprain.  A boot is a bit heavier than a hiking shoe, but with the lighter weight of a Merrell boot, I don’t really notice.  

These boots are so comfortable, I have hiked for hours upon hours without excessively sore and tired feet.  And the waterproofing keeps my feet nice and dry, so no blisters either… well, at least when I am smart and wear proper socks.  I won’t talk about the time I got 9 blisters from wearing old worn out socks on a 3 hour hike.  

 

Balega Blister Resist Crew Socks

A good pair of socks is a must when hiking.  It can make a difference between happy feet and ulcerated, blistered feet.  Trust me, I have been there.  Hiking out of the bush on blistered feet is not fun. 

Balega is a great sock.  They blend natural and synthetic fibers to produce a fantastic sock that wicks moisture away from your skin.  

I like crew length socks, as they give me extra protection from bushes and rocks along the trail.  They also don’t fall down inside my shoes.  That just drives me bonkers.  

Columbia Schooner Cachalot Hat

I always wear a hat when hiking.  It is a must to keep sun and bugs out of your face.  

This is a great hat by a trusted company that knows hiking.  Columbia has made a great hat that is light weight and wicks the sweat away.  It has UPF 50 sun protection and helps prevent sun burn on the back of your neck.  This is a place I always forget about when applying sunscreen. 

The hat has an adjustable toggle at the back to help fit perfectly.  I love a snug fit, as it is less likely to blow off in windy conditions.  

Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife

I can’t tell you how often my Swiss Army knife has come in handy.  I have used it to open bottles and cans, fix gear, remove slivers, and even saw off a tree branch that I got stuck on.  Yes, I am a bit of a klutz in the woods.  

I love Swiss Army knives, with all the different tools on them.  don’t you? 

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

This is a cool product.  They claim you can drink out of a mud puddle with it, but I have never tried.  Ew! 

But it does filter out bacteria and parasites from water of streams, lakes and rivers.  This means that you don’t need to carry as much water with you.  Water can be heavy when you are hiking. 

It is very important to drink enough water when out in the bush.  You need to account for the temperature, as well as your exertion and sweat. 

This filter can come in very handy if you find yourself out of water on a hike.  

First Aid Kit for Hiking

Having a small first aid kit in your backpack is a must.  Mine has come in handy so often.  Bandages to cover a blister.  Disinfectant for cuts and scrapes on the trail.  I have even used my emergency blanket to keep me warm when the weather suddenly turned cold unexpectedly.  

LARABAR Fruit & Nut Bars

Have you ever tried a Larabar?  OMG, they are delicious.  And they are so easy to throw into your backpack for a wonderful hiking snack. 

They are made with wholesome ingredients with dates as the base ingredient. I take these for energy on all my hikes.  My favorites are chocolate chip brownie, carrot cake and apple pie. 

I hope you found my list of favorite hiking gear helpful.