a few years ago, my husband and i set out to discover, explore, and appreciate the wonderful state, county and local trails in the Bay Area.
it’s been such a rewarding adventure discovering history, nature, and the true beauty of the area we live in.
..but before we hit the trails, we had to invest in the proper gear, so i started my research on the internet, and then hit REI, i was a regular there for a couple weeks..haha!
but when it comes time to hike, i love my Keen’s, they’re extremely comfortable, have great foot support, nice traction, breathable, durable, and they’re even cute, don’t get me wrong i can’t wait to take them off after a 10-12 mile hike, but as for hiking shoes, they are my fav!
if you are prone to blisters, like me, i learned a secret a couple years ago when researching hiking gear. LINER SOCKS..an amazing invention, who knew.. sock liners are thin socks designed to be worn under your hiking socks. these liner socks wick moisture away from your foot to keep you dry and comfortable, but the real magic happens when the liner sock limits the amount of friction between your outer sock and your skin.
as a bonus, if you’re an REI member, you can earn a 10% annual refund for most items you purchase, i purchased my Keens for $30 after using a $100 dividend, cool huh!
psstt.. it’s a good idea to always keep an extra pair of socks in your backpack, just in case you trek through water and need a clean dry pair.
i love, love, love this backpack, it’s truly the most comfortable pack i’ve ever owned. Deuter designed this pack with a woman’s body in mind, the sternum strap crosses my body perfectly, and the padded hip straps sit naturally and comfortably on my hips.
weighing in at only 2 lbs 13oz it’s perfect for those extended day hiking trips. this pack is designed for a 3.0L water reservoir, which doesn’t come with it, so i added a 3.0L Camelbak Antidote Reservoir to complete my pack.
why use trekking poles? i used to ask the same thing until i bought some and used them.. now i never go on a hike without them.
on uphill climbs, poles transfer some of your weight to your shoulders, arms and back, which can reduce leg fatigue and add thrust.
downhill, they decrease the amount of stress on your legs and joints, they help you establish a steady walking rhythm, make crossing streams and rocks much easier, and provide better balance and footing, trust me, they work great and are a definite worthwhile investment if your going to hike regularly.
just in case the weather changes, you should have a waterproof, breathable jacket that stows compactly in your pack. i happen to really like Columbia products and this jacket is lightweight, yet protects you from the elements.
as for navigation, we have a Garmin eTrex 30 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator.
it has several handy features, and works great, we know where we are at all times.
First Aid Kit.
none of us plan to have an accident, but all of us should be prepared for one.
- lip balm with sunscreen
- bug spray
- trail mix, nuts, fruit
- headlamp and/or small flashlight just in case it gets dark on the trail
- extra pair of socks and liners
do you really need all these items to hit the trail.. no not really, but i happen to be one of those who would rather be over-prepared vs under-prepared. my friends and family say i’m always the girl you want to camp with..haha!
the bare necessities would be a good pair of shoes, proper socks, liners and water.
be sure to grab a trail map at your state or county park if available, it makes following the trails easier.
i challenge you to hit the trails, visit your local state and county parks, you just might be surprised at the beauty that’s been sitting right outside your door!
happy and safe hiking!