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June 05, 2020 2 min read
What you wear hiking has the potential to make or break your trek. No matter how long your hike is, you’ll need the proper gear to be well equipped for the changing environment. Let’s discuss what to wear hiking so you can be comfortable and protected on your next trek.
Any experienced hiker knows that the weather isn’t always predictable. Instead of bringing extra layering items to keep warm and dry, consider one of Gobi Heats® packable, wind, and water-resistant heated jacket orheated vest. You’ll keep you warm and dry when changes in the weather sneak up on you.
When deciding what to wear hiking, being protected is just as important as being comfortable. Chances are you’re going to be exposed to UV rays, changing elements, and insects on your hike. Dress smart to protect against the sun with UV blocking materials. If an area you’re hiking in has disease-carrying insects like ticks or mosquitos, consider breathable long-sleeved pants and shirts treated with insect repellant. If changes in temperature or weather are likely, be prepared to keep your extremities warm and dry withheated gloves orheated socks.
What’s in your hiking backpack is equally as important as how you dress on your hike. Knowing how to pack a hiking backpack can save you a lot of grief during your trek. Let’s go over the basics of how to pack a hiking backpack. TheAmerican Hiking Society claims these are the must-haves backpack items for hiking trips of any length.
It’s wise to pack a trail map or compass as a backup to your smartphone or GPS device that doesn’t rely on internet service to function.
A good rule of thumb is to pack a ½ liter of water per hour of your expected hike, with a way to purify it.
Pack calorie-dense foods for fuel as you hike. It’s recommended that you pack more than you think you’ll need in case your trip turns longer than expected.
Be sure to pack rain gear or fast-dry pieces to stay comfortable during weather changes. Gobi Heat® is aleader in heated apparel and will keep you warm so you can stay focused on your hike.
Be prepared for the dark with a flashlight. Bring matches or a tool to easily start a fire and emergency flares or a whistle to signal for help.
In case of emergency, it’s important to have a first aid kit. Bonus points if you know how to administer first aid and CPR!
A multi-tool or knife can make repairing gear or building makeshift shelter much easier.