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Going on an Outdoor Adventure? Make Sure You At Least Pack These 12 Essentials

With spring approaching, it’s time to make sure your hiking gear is on-point.

Whether you’re relatively new to hiking or basically half mountain goat, solid gear makes a huge difference. Hiking is one of the most straightforward pastimes, so the essential equipment is pretty straightforward too: it’s all meant to keep you safe, healthy and able-bodied.

However, deciding on a versatile, reliable set of hiking essentials can be tough. There’s a lot of options for hiking gear out there, and because each product serves such an important purpose (i.e. a GPS for finding your way home or a first aid kit), you don’t want to take a risk with a bad product. Plus, it’s easy to go overboard with too much gear, which ruins the experience by weighing you down.

To help find a definitive set of hiking essentials, we’ve rounded up 12 pieces of hiking gear that everyone should have on the trail. We’ve found the best of each, from water bottles to hiking shoes, so you can make the most of the great outdoors.

Explore the 12 pack essentials written by Oscar Hartzog and Camille Hove here.

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May 8, 2022

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Of all the creepy crawlers, ticks keep me on high alert. They can be very tiny in the nymph stage and difficult to see. They love to hang out in tall grasses along the trail and hitch a ride on hikers passing by. I plan on treating most of my clothes and gear with Sawyer Permethrin.

Joanne Gigliotti

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Ultra-compact and lightweight

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I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.

Rachel McVittie