1. GPS For Tracking The Trails

Hikers use GPS units as supplements to map and compass to discover new trails, navigate, stargaze, and peaks.

Possibly the most well-loved GPS unit in use among the hiking community. Garmin has been making the GPSMAP 64st handheld unit for longer.

  • Hiking Project (FREE, iOS, Android)

Select your state, narrow down on your region, set preferred distance, and boom! Hiking Project will generate a list of hikes that (somewhat loosely) fit your criteria.

Montana 680t features a dual-orientation, color touchscreen that’s glove friendly, it also includes a 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.

  • PeakFinder (5$, iOS, Android)

Peak finder helps you create a labeled panorama of the mountains in front of you that you can save, edit, and share with friends.

2. Hiking Boots

It can be easy to just toss on boots and go-but as soon as a blister begins to rear. Taking care of your feet before it happens.

Having socks, insoles, and boots that fit your foot shape and needs is essential, especially for long distances and Hiking trips. First, find a pair of boots that fit well, with no pressure from seams and no areas that bunch or crease when you pull on boots with the best insoles for hiking. They will smoothly cover the contours of your feet and ankles.

3. Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs

You’ll start by choosing between a pair of trekking poles or a single hiking staff. Find the right length.
Trekking poles also called hiking sticks designed to aid walkers with their rhythm as they walk and to provide stability on rough terrains. Trekking poles today are typically sold as a pair, whereas a hiking staff, for example, is a single-pole used as a walking aid.

4. Waterproof Jacket

A light, dry, waterproof and breathable jacket is also necessary for a hiking trip whether long or short.

5. Canned food

  • A nut variety (peanuts, pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, almonds, pistachio, etc.)
  • Dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple, strawberry, banana, etc).
  • Mashed potatoes and creamy pasta, instant noodles. Fresh vegetables don’t pack very well so drop in some dried veggies. A packet of tuna provides dense protein.

Want to stay hygenic? Take an unscented, alcohol-based gel hand sanitizer with you.