A hiking gear list could be very handy, especially if you can use it as a packing list as well. It can save a lot of time. As the saying goes,” There is no such thing as bad WEATHER, but rather bad GEAR.” These days there are many types of advanced gear for all terrain, and weather conditions. It does not matter if you have the most advanced and expensive gear or just entry-level equipment as long as it works, and you do have it on hand, when needed.
A proper hiking gear list does depend on the type of hike you are planning to take. If it is a multi-day hike or only a one-day hike, you will need different things. I would like to give you a list of important gear to considered:
- Hiking bag - Ladies up to 65L
- Sleeping bag- Down: is very light but must not get wet.
- Good hiking boots with ankle support and Gore-Tex for water proofing
- Matches or lighter (waterproof matches if you like)
- Mug, Plate, Fork, knife and spoon. A Spork (Spoon and fork combined in one) also works well.
- Insect repellent
- Hiking poles, to reduce up to 30% of impact on knees. It does take time to get used to but if you are serious, it is worth it!
- Water bottle
- Sleeping mattress – The inflatable type is by far the most comfortable.
- Dry bag – To secure you valuables so they don't get wet.
- Spare shoe laces
- Medical kit – An elementary kit will do for small hikes but for longer hikes, this must be supplemented with prescription medication
- Extra shoes – When considering an overnight hike, take more comfortable (light) shoes to use in the evening.
- WATER BAG (2-6L) - This could really make your life a whole lot easier when making camp during long distance hikes. This could help you to transport water from a stream, instead of using small water bottles walking back and forth the whole time.
- Cable ties
- Emergency blanket
- Rain gear – make sure it is waterproof and not only water resistant
- Bio degradable cleaning soap for pots and dishes
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, bio degradable soap,
- Hat / beanie
- Gaiters (Boot covers) - Protect your legs against scratches from plants and also keep water out of your shoes.
- Pocket knife - A good quality multipurpose pocket knife.
- Hiking tent
I am sure there are many more items that could be added to the list. This is only some idea of a hiking gear list.