Everything To Consider When Packing For a Hiking Trip

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Whether you’re looking to hike for a few hours or the entire day, getting off the beaten path can be one of the best ways to get to know your destination. But what should you pack when you’re looking to incorporate hiking into your vacation? We created a guide to the essentials. 


When hiking, your clothing– including shoes– aren’t just about comfort, but about functionality and safety as well. 

Comfortable Footwear  

Your hiking boots or sturdy athletic shoes are perhaps the most important piece of gear to pack in anticipation of a hike. Choose a pair that’s comfortable, provides support, and is appropriate for the terrain you'll encounter. If you’re able, breaking in your footwear before the trip will prevent blisters and all-around discomfort.

Pro tip: If you’re worried about your ability to fit a bulky pair of shoes in your luggage, wear them on the plane! 

Performance Top and Bottoms 

Opt for moisture-wicking tops and bottoms to keep you dry and comfortable on the trail. If you’re traveling somewhere with a significantly different climate to yours at home, do a little research to find out what items are appropriate for your visit. 

Lightweight Cap

A lightweight cap is an essential addition to any hiker's wardrobe. Not only do they provide protection from the sun, but they also help in reducing glare. Look for caps made from breathable fabrics that wick away moisture, keeping your head cool and dry. A good hiking cap should have a comfortable fit, with an adjustable strap to accommodate different head sizes. Additionally, consider caps with a wider brim for added sun protection, particularly if you're hiking in areas with intense sunlight.

Travel Belt

While hiking– or any activity that requires movement– it's important to have clothing that not only keeps you warm and dry, but that fits properly. A travel belt is the perfect solution to bring along so that your pants or shorts stay in place without constant readjustment. These plastic belts are designed for movement, offering flexibility and a snug fit without restricting your waist. 

Unlike traditional leather belts, travel belts are durable, lightweight, and ideal for the varying conditions you’ll face on the trail. When navigating the trickiest terrain of all– the airport– the durable plastic buckles on our travel belts make them TSA-friendly, meaning, yes, you don’t have to take them off when going through airport security. 


Be sure to bring along the following essentials– even if you’re only planning on hiking for a few hours at a time. 

Day Pack

A lightweight and comfortable day pack is crucial for carrying your essentials. Look for one with enough space for your gear, but not so big that it becomes a burden. Comfort is key, as you'll be carrying it for extended periods of time. We recommend a pack with hip and shoulder straps to reallocate pressure from your back to your waist and shoulders. 


A headlamp is a must-have for any hiking trip, even if you don’t plan to be out after dark. Headlamps keep your hands free to navigate trails or campsites in low light conditions– because we’ve all gotten lost and have had to navigate unfamiliar trails from the dim flashlight app of a phone. At the very least, bringing along a headlamp will provide peace of mind. 


Staying hydrated is vital– literally– and electrolytes help by replenishing essential minerals lost through sweat, especially during longer hikes or in warmer climates. Throw a few electrolyte powders or tablets into your pack to maintain energy and hydration levels during your hike. We’ve found that they come in handy when combatting fatigue from airports and jet lag as well. 

First Aid Kit 

Any hiker knows that a well-stocked first aid kit is non-negotiable on the trail. Make sure to include items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, blister plasters, and personal medications, such as EpiPens. All of the above are better to have and not need rather than need and not have.


Even if the trail seems straightforward, a map or GPS device will likely come in handy when you need it most. You’re likely to lose service when hiking on remote trails– especially if you’re unfamiliar with the region you’re hiking in. That’s why we always recommend bringing along a paper map or satellite GPS as backup– or at least consider downloading hiker-specific maps via apps like AllTrails to your phone for use without service.  

As you start packing for your next vacation, be sure to check out our collection of airport friendly belts. These non metal belts for airport security are versatile enough to wear through TSA checkpoints while also serving as an important addition to your hiking wardrobe– and anything else you’re likely to encounter on your trip. 


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