A hiking holiday requires a well-curated carry-on containing the right gear to keep you comfortable for hours of trekking. Here are five hiking essentials we can’t do without. (Plus, check out these 6 hiking tips to make your next adventure that much easier.)
Hiking essential #1: Running shoes
Durable soles handle rough, uneven terrain, but are light and flexible enough to hug the sidewalk. These hybrid sneakers will take you from street to trail (which means you only need to pack one pair!).
Air Zoom Terra Kiger 4, $170 at Nike.
Hiking essential #2: Deodorant
Skin-friendly essential oils help to keep you feeling fresh and odour-free, without aluminum salts or other harmful ingredients.
24H Roll-On Deodorant in Citrus, $8 at Whole Foods, well.ca and natural health stores.
Hiking essential #3: Essential oils
A collection of healing balms and roll-on essential oils will help to relieve skin irritations from chafing and tend to muscle aches.
Natural Wellness First Aid Kit, $37 at Saje.
Hiking essential #4: Backpack
This lightweight pack will comfortably hold all of your essentials, from water bottles to energy bars, for short and long hikes.
Run All Day Backpack, $118 at Lululemon.
Hiking essential #5: Jacket
Stay warm and dry in this light moisture-repelling jacket. It folds up neatly into a little pouch for simple, quick changes on the move. (Here are some healthy snack recipe ideas to keep you energized on the trail.)
Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket, $149 at Mec.