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What to Wear Hiking

June 05, 2020

What to Wear Hiking

Hiking Essentials

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.

Gobi Heat Womens Heated Coat Perfect for Winter Hikes

Packable Jacket or Vest

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 or heated vest. You’ll keep you warm and dry when changes in the weather sneak up on you.

Protective Clothing

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 with heated gloves or heated socks.

How To Pack A Hiking Backpack

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. The American Hiking Society claims these are the must-haves backpack items for hiking trips of any length.

Map and Compass/GPS

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.

Calorie Dense Food

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.

Protective Apparel

Be sure to pack rain gear or fast-dry pieces to stay comfortable during weather changes. Gobi Heat® is a leader in heated apparel and will keep you warm so you can stay focused on your hike.

Emergency Safety Items

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.

First Aid Kit

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.

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