Packing for a 5–7 Mile early Spring Hike:

 

IN YOUR BACKPACK

  • At least 32oz. of water
  • Trail snacks
  • Summit "meal" (Sandwich, wrap, bagel, etc. Something to sustain you.)
  • Extra pair of socks

CLOTHING TO WEAR

The clothes you wear hiking are important. We've been able to find loads of hiking gear at Goodwill for fractions of retail price, so don't be afraid to wear something used! As long as you're following some simple guidelines you really don't need to splurge on that $275 down jacket.

Top:

  • Athletic/synthetic shirt
  • Insulation layer (a fleece jacket or hoodie is perfect)
  • Shell layer (wind or rain jacket)
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat

Bottom:

  • Base layer pants (we love a pair of warm, athletic leggings)
  • Optional: wind/rain resistant pants to layer with base pants
  • Wool/warm socks
  • Hiking boots (never hurts to try Goodwill)
  • Traction is key in case it's icy. Try Stabicers/Yaktraks or Microspikes.

Optional:

CAR BAG

We love this little "hike hack." Leaving a small bag of convenience items in the car has proven so handy for us. When you're hours away from cell service, it's really nice to have some extra stuff to make sure you're comfortable in the car.

  • Dry socks
  • Sandals / slippers / Crocs
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up wipes
  • Water
  • Snacks