by Diane Spicer
So glad you're here! Finding the best backpacking and hiking equipment is never easy.
It's an especially daunting endeavor to decide on a gear list when you're just getting started in the wonderful outdoor sport of hiking.
You can shortcut your planning and shopping time, and get onto the trail in comfort and safety, with the trustworthy tips on gear, clothing and other backpacking and hiking equipment shared freely here on Hiking For Her.
To make your life even easier, let's get some links organized by topic.
Want to go it alone?
Backpacking is definitely hiking.
Yet hiking can be completely devoid of backpacking.
However, there is a large amount of overlap in the basic equipment used for both of these outdoor sports called walking.
So we will split our recommendations into hiking tips, aimed at beginners who day hike, and backpacking tips for those who stay out at least one night on the trail.
First, let's tackle what to wear on a hike.
To get started as a prepared and comfortable day hiker, you'll need some moisture wicking, breathable clothing which protects your skin against abrasions, insects, ultraviolet rays, and temperature changes.
Because backpackers plan to stay outdoors for days and nights at a time, it's important for them to choose well constructed, durable rain gear.
Keeping cool or warm, depending on the changing weather conditions and time of day, is also a top priority.
Day hikers with an eye on becoming backpackers should take care to build a good clothing repertoire as well.
A day hiker uses clothing and the surroundings for shelter against a sudden storm, be it of wind, rain, dust or hail.
Explore the links above to make careful choices of the best hiking clothing.
You can also carry some survival gear to enhance your shelter options.
If you're a minimalist, ultralight backpacker, a tarp will be all you need in terms of shelter - if you're willing to get cold and wet, if not damp and chilled depending upon the season.
You have other options, though:
Comfort means feeling good in your hard working hiking body, both at the beginning of the day and just before you turn in for the night.
Good trail hygiene is an important part of comfort. And it avoids trouble such as infected insect bites, inflamed skin or eyes, or worse.
And while it's a comfort item, carrying clean water in adequate amounts can also be filed under safety.
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Best Backpacking And Hiking Equipment