SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 17, October 2016 - Page 133


Whether you’re going on a hike for the first time or the hundredth time, be sure grab these items before you hit the trail.

Water. Agua. H2O. Whatever you want to call it, this is the most essential item to bring on a hike. Hiking is a strenuous activity and you want to make sure you’re properly hydrated. The easiest way to carry water on a hike is in a hydration pack, which is essentially a backpack with a water bladder and a giant straw, but a good ole reusable water bottle works just as well. Be sure to drink water before, during, and after your hike.

Good shoes. Show your feet some love. They’re your mode of transportation on a hike. Wear shoes with good support and a sturdy sole. Be prepared to traverse all types of terrain in your shoes: mud, rocks, sand, water. Leave your flip flops at home.

Snacks. Trail mix, sandwiches, and dried fruit are easy items to pack, but anything that’ll cure a rumbling stomach will suffice.

Blister protection. Your shoes are bound to rub your foot the wrong way at some point during a hike. Be proactive and put moleskin or duct tape on your big toes, heels, or other known sensitive areas before you hit the trail to prevent pesky blisters. They can turn a beautiful hike into an ugly one.

Backpack. Pack your water, snacks, and extra moleskin in here. Be sure to avoid over packing the backpack, though. Unnecessary weight will weigh you down or cause unnecessary back pain on the trail.

Happy hiking!