When I first started going day hiking, I would be a victim of over packing unnecessary items while being underwhelmed by hiking essentials. To save you from the struggle, here’s my top 10 hiking essentials!
The size of your backpack depends on the duration of your hiking trip and the essentials you are bringing along.
Decathlon provides a wide range of bags depending on your preferences and necessities.
Head down to your nearest stores to check out the wide selection and seek advice from our Sports Leaders on the ground or start your backpack hunting right now!:)
#2: Hiking Clothes
Whenever you are preparing for a hike, it is important to be equipped with clothes necessary for weather conditions. The temperature of the location may seem bearable to you, however, you have to take into consideration the presence of other factors such as wind, rain and humidity, which can alter your clothing choices!
Cold, Wet & Windy Conditions In order to equip yourself during cold, wet, and windy conditions, it is important to be aware of layering clothes! Check out our article on layering in cold weather.
Humid Conditions In humid conditions, you should look out for three main factors when choosing clothes,
1. Quick Drying 2. Odour Control 3. Material that does not stick to the body.
Here at Decathlon, our product designers have created products that can do all! Our hiking shirts are made from polyester, mixed with polyamide to facilitate abrasion resistance. In addition, polyester shirts are quick drying! :) Alternatively, you can check out our new range of merino wool shirts which evacuates perspiration and control odour.
Additionally, Decathlon has developed a 2-in-1 trousers that has been designed for avid hikers to save the hassle of changing in between shorts and trousers during the hike and this has made packing much easier! Want to bring a pair of shorts and trousers along, but lack the space? Our 2-in-1 trousers is the solution! :)
Drop by one of our stores close to you, and ask our experts on the ground for their advice on what hiking wear you should purchase for your upcoming hike! :)
A common question that many hikers think about is “What hiking shoes should I buy?” This is a great question! Being equipped with the right shoes is important as your feet will be carrying you through the hiking trail! When choosing your perfect hiking shoes, there are three factors that you should consider,
a. The Terrain b. Comfort for your Feet c. Weather Conditions
For a more technical terrain, you would need a pair of shoes that is able to withstand the rocky path and provide you with security while being comfortable. Mid or high cut boots are strongly recommended as it will provide support to hikers’ ankles!
For a less technical terrain, you should find a pair of shoes that are able to provide you with comfort while walking and great traction to avoid slipping while hiking!
Hikers can opt for isothermal food boxes, such as the ones from Decathlon to bring your meals along.
Food boxes are able to keep your food warm while hiking so that you can enjoy a nice hot meal of your choice during your break!
Alternatively, if your hike is expected to last for only a few hours, you can opt for nutritional bars and snacks to reduce the additional weight of food boxes (please remember dispose your waste after the hike in trash cans, and not during the hike! :)
Having a water bottle is the most essential item that every hiker should have. Carrying a bottle or water bladder depends on your personal preference as well as the type of backpack you will be carrying!
During a hike, it is very important to always know your location just in case of emergencies that would require help or evacuation such as in the instance of sustaining injuries, harsh weather conditions or simply being lost due to derailment while on the trail.
If you are planning to use your mobile devices for navigation, it is important to carry along a portable charger or solar panel which can be purchased from Decathlon! :)
Alternatively, if you are familiar with maps and compasses, carry on using them! You can utilise our map holder and compasses to guide you during your hike!
Always remember to remain on the marked trail during a hike to ensure safety for everyone! :)
#9: Head Lamps
Although headlamps are more essential to hiking trips that last for more than a day, it is a good practice for hikers to always carry one, just in case.
Headlamps are especially important if night falls and you still need to find their way through the trails safely. In addition, headlamps can serve as a tool to attract help towards you if you’re in need! :)
You should always be prepared to provide first-aid to yourself or even your fellow hikers. Thus, having a first aid kit is really important!
First-aid bags can include basic necessities such as plasters, bandage, alcohol swabs, gauze dressings, rash cream and some prescribed medication in case of allergies or a fever. Always better to be safe than sorry!
Designed for Looking for backpack for 2-hr adventures in the great outdoors? Our comfortable NH100 model with accessories is great for outings on relatively flat terrain and without cramping your style!
Designed for trekkers who expressed specific travel needs, of which safety is one. It has a wide lockable zip that sits flush against the back to prevent the risk of pickpocketing, and the hood can be transformed into a detachable sling bag so you can take your most valuable items with you even if you leave the main bag at camp or base.
Designed for Hiking and nature sports (hunting, fishing) for the bivouac or for lighting up your wayThe ONight 50 headlamp is very easy to use. Its soft case gives easy access to batteries and protects it from shocks and water. A must-have headlamp you can take anywhere!
Designed for half-day lowland hiking, in dry weather along easy trails. For occasional use.These walking shoes will see you through trails to the forest, country and coast in dry weather, thanks to its Cross Contact sole, EVA cushioning and protective guard.
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Designed for adult or child (aged from about 10 upwards) hikers for tours lasting a few hours on fairly flat ground10L: Ideal capacity to go hiking for a few hours and bring the essentials with you: a picnic and wind jacket.
Designed for adults and young people who hike in lowlands and who want to use their backpack on other occasions.Very comfortable, with many accessories for hiking, with 5 pockets, you will use this backpack for travelling and in town. The bag has a built in rain cover.
About our author:
Growing up, I was never a fan of the outdoors, but that all changed when I started hiking in my teenage years! Now, most of my trips and plans involve hiking and it allows me to clear my mind and enjoy the views that I witness at the end! :)