If you’ve been going a bit stir-crazy from too much time indoors during quarantine, going on a hike is a great way to get out of the house and into nature. Plus, since many gyms are still closed across the country, it’s also a great way to get some exercise.
We’ve put together a list of hiking essentials to make your next outdoor adventure one to remember. From multi-tools to backpacks, here are 10 products you won’t want to forget the next time you hit the trails.
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TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack, $69.78
This hiking backpack by TETON features an adjustable waist belt, multi-position torso adjustment and a durable, open-cell foam lumbar pad that provides mobility and airflow. It also comes with a built-in rain cover, sleeping bag storage and hydration pack cavity.
100-Piece First Aid Kit, $15.82
It’s important to be prepared for accidents on the trail, which is why this 100-piece first aid kit by Protect Life is a must-have for hikers. Its durable and compact case fits in your hand and includes a medical guide booklet, first aid supplies and an emergency blanket.
Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Folding Knife, $11.64
Every hiker needs a good, solid knife — and this Extreme Ops Folding Knife by Smith & Wesson is just that. Coming in at 7.1 inches overall with a blade length of 3.1 inches, this black oxide high-carbon stainless steel knife features a convenient pocket clip, finger flipper and ambidextrous thumb knobs.
Rose Kuli 7” Portable Multipurpose Multitool, $15.99
Keeping a multi-tool in your pack is a great way to ensure you’ll be extra prepared for any and all situations on the trail. This model by Rose Kuli includes an ax, a hammer, a set of pliers, a Phillips head screwdriver, a saw, a rasper, a slotted point screwdriver, a wrench, a wire cutter, a bung puller and a bottle opener tool.
Sportneer Military Lensatic Sighting Compass with Carrying Bag, $19.99
Owning a sturdy and reliable compass is a must if you’re hiking in an area with poor cell service or you don’t have access to a GPS. This military-grade model by Sportneer navigates, orientates positions, measures slopes and locates direction.
Pogo BPA-Free Plastic Water Bottle with Chug Lid, 32 oz., $8.99
Staying hydrated is a key component to having a good day on the trail — after all, hiking is hard work. This 32-ounce water bottle by Pogo is dishwasher-safe, BPA-free and features a chug cap and a soft-touch carry loop.
Columbia Unisex-Adult Bora Bora Booney, $22.49
Keeping the sun off your face and out of your eyes helps prevent sunburn and lets you see what you’re doing on bright days. This Bora Bora hat by Columbia has sweat-wicking capabilities and UPF 50 sun protection.
Columbia Men’s Watertight II Waterproof, Breathable Rain Jacket, $18.43
Nobody wants to get drenched in rain while they hike — that’s why you should always carry a raincoat on the trail, just in case. This one by Columbia is machine-washable and folds up into a manageable pack to pop into your hiking bag.
Survival Spark Magnesium Survival Fire Starter with Compass and Whistle, $8.99
You never know when you’re going to need to start a fire, especially if you get stranded during a hike or if you’re hiking for more than a day. This wind-resistant fire starter by SharpSurvival strikes up to 15,000 times and features a built-in compass and whistle.
GearLight LED Headlamp Flashlight 2-Pack, $16.49
If you’re hiking in the winter or at night, it’s a good idea to carry a headlamp to make sure you can see the trail. This two-pack by GearLight features two lightweight and weather-resistant headlamps that have a runtime of up to 45 hours on low and three hours on high.
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