If you’re a seasoned hiker and backpacker, you know that the right preparation, apparel, and hiking gear can make a huge difference in how enjoyable your outdoor experiences are.
Boots that fit you, paired with the right socks and proper lacing technique will mean a blister free hike! A backpack that fits you and is worn properly will mean pain free shoulders. The right sunglasses will reduce glare, especially if you’re hiking near water or snow. And trekking poles could save you from knee pain!
As more women take up hiking and backpacking, manufacturers are getting clued in that they need to make Men’s gear and Women’s gear. Forget shrink it and pink it!
Read on and find out tips and recommendations on how to find the right hiking gear for you!
Adventure Apparel: Everything you’ll need to get your closet ready for the trail. Information on hiking pants, tops, hats, outerwear, underwear, and sunglasses!
Backpacks: Don’t want tired shoulders? Then make sure your backpack fits your body. Here I share tips on hydration waistpacks, hiking daypacks, and backpacks for overnight trips, and how to find one that is right for you!
Boots: Hiking boots are the most important gear purchase you’ll ever make. In addition to traditional hiking boots, I have loads of information on all of the footwear you’ll need for your outdoor adventures: women’s water shoes, trail running shoes, hiking boots, backpacking boots, mountaineering boots, insoles, socks and sock liners, and down booties.
Emergency Gear: What is a good, loud whistle to take along on the trail? How about a great first aid kit and emergency shelter?
Gaiters: Want to know why hikers wear gaiters? And what features of gaiters I find important? Check out what I have to say about desert gaiters and snow gaiters.
Outdoor GPS Units: Outdoor GPS units are devices that can help find your location, plot a route, track your route, and provide statistics on direction and distance traveled. Don’t have one yet or upgrading your old one? Check out my tips.
Headlamps: Setting up camp at dusk? Cooking after sunset? Hiking in the early morning or evening? Want to be safer in emergencies? Then you need a headlamp!
Pedometers: If an outdoor GPS unit is out of your budget, and you want to spend $15 to $75 instead of $150-$400, check out pedometers. Plus, if you’re a runner, jogger, or walker who enjoys setting goals, a pedometer is definitely an item you’ll want to own! Learn about heart rate monitor pedometers, pedometer watches, and ones that can be attached to or worn inside your shoes for better measurement!
Maps: How Not to Get Lost! Whenever I hit the trail, I always bring along my map and compass. Even if I have my GPS with me, I still rely on a traditional printed map and my trusty compass. What’s the Best Hiking Map – USGS Maps? Tom Harrison Maps? National Geographic Maps?
Sleeping Bags: Since women are naturally colder than men (there are many scientific studies proving this), you want to buy a women’s specific bag with extra padding in the foot bed and where your hands rest, and be sure to study the temperature ratings. Content coming soon! In the meantime read my review of my Women’s Marmot Teton Sleeping Bag.
Sleeping Pads: Don’t sacrifice thickness for weight! Since the average women is shorter than the average man, you can save space and pack weight by buying a women’s specific sleeping pad. Content coming soon! In the meantime read my review of my Thermarest Trail Pro Sleeping Pad.
Snowshoes: One of my favorite ways to enjoy the beauty and bliss of wintertime is snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is essentially “hiking” in the wintertime, and you’ll need a pair of snowshoes to keep yourself afloat on the snow. Read more about snowshoes here, and learn about women’s specific models that will make it easier for you to maneuver through the snow.
Trekking Poles: You’ll want a pair if you want your knees to work when you’re older.
Water Treatment: If you enjoy backpacking, you’re going to need to treat your water. What option is right for you? Check this out to help you decide.