While Americans may not be taking their coveted summer trips this year, hiking and camping have become increasingly popular ways to get away. "Medical experts say hiking is safe as long as you do it alone or with someone from your household at a trail or park that isn't crowded," wrote USA Today. For those new to outdoor adventuring, there are a few necessary tools required to ensure a good time. To help get you started, we've compiled a list of the best tools and equipment for those looking to lace up their boots and hit the trails!
For those planning to take those long family hikes, the Teton Sports Oasis backpack has an endless array of pouches that can keep track of all the snacks, diapers, water and first aid essentials needed to ensure a safe and happy hike with the family. Theresa Hewston, who's been hiking for over 20 years, swears by this backpack. With her five children she hiked a 23-mile stint along the American west, and while on the trail had enough room for "snacks, water, diapers, wipes, kits, sunscreen, bear spray, and a snake bite kit."
Hydrating is essential for those long trail hikes, and finding a convenient place to store a hefty water bottle in your backpack can at times be problematic. The Vapur Water Bottle offers three-ply construction that allows it to be folded and frozen without damage, and it comes with a carabiner that allows it to be clipped on the outside of any backpack. Not to mention, it's dishwasher safe and 100% BPA free.
Perfect for both cave diving and a late night tinkle, the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp is fully waterproof and features 300 lumens and an impressive peripheral lighting perfect for close-range tasks. The light is so bright it can light up an entire trail or serve as an SOS signal to call for help.
One may argue that nothing is more imperative than a good pair of hiking boots. Keen comes from a long line of established hiking gear, and their signature boots are as reliable as they come. Fully water-proof, and with plush cushioning, Keen's shoes ensure you're able to walk for longer without any pain or blisters.
It's hard to hike while you're chaffing down under, so luckily the CEP Calf Sleeves are perfect for preventing any sort of unnecessary discomfort. Perfect for both warm and cool temperatures, they also protect your legs from cuts and bruises along the way. They also come in an array of fashionable colors, because every hiker needs to be at least a little trendy.