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Hiking Essentials 2024

Attention all trail-blazers and nature enthusiasts! It's time to up your hiking game for a summer of adventure on the trails in 2024. Don't worry, we've got the inside scoop on the must-have hiking gear that will turn your trek into a gear-tastic experience if you’re looking to upgrade or invest in kit. Get ready to gear up and conquer the trails with confidence!

First of all, what kit do you need?

Day Hiking Essential Kit

  • Water Bottle.
  • Headlamp.
  • Trekking Poles.
  • First Aid Kit.
  • Navigation tool, (Waytrails!)
  • Food/snacks
  • Suncream / head cover  

Long Distance Hiking Essential Kit  

As well as the above, if you are backpacking, these next 5 items take up the most space and weight so you’ll want to consider light and durable. Sleeping without a sleeping mat? Is your body really worth it?  

With clever compartments, hydration systems, and even built-in solar chargers for your gadgets, your backpack can carry your burdens while you conquer the Waytrails. Clever tips on how to pack your backpack? You might think ‘I know how to pack!’ but somethings are just worth knowing.  

A 60L backpack is the ideal for (up to) 5 day trips. If you are going for longer then consider the 85L. Check out the best 65L for 2024. 

85L backpacks range from £80 - £300 but if your backpack is going to look after you, you may as well invest in one that will do that job properly.  

  • You’re carrying it so prioritise weight and packability. We love ligo’s selection of the best solo tents of 2024 for it’s price ranges and easy pro/con reviews.  
  • Sleeping bag. Sleep is so important, especially after a long day on the trail. For a good sleeping bag, the price matches the type of insulation, sustainability, and what it is designed for ie trekking or weekend camping. Livefortheoutdoors list some of the best sleeping bags out there. Look for ones that are not bulky and for the right season. (We use silk sleeping bag liners for longer treks. Soft and temperature regulating, it also protect your sleeping bag from sweat meaning they feel cleaner on multi-day trips.)  
  • Sleeping mat. This is revolutionary for camping on the trails. The technology is now that you can carry a super light weight sleep mat to enjoy a good nights sleep, even on bumpy ground. We love the Therm-a-rest neoair xlite nxt £179. There are mats from £29 but it really depends on how much you invest in your sleep!  
  • Trekking Poles. So not so much space takers as companions. We didn’t know what we were missing until we tried these metal mates. Distributing the weight of your pack and body more evenly, and help reduce the strain on your knees, ankles, and feet. These poles will be your trusty guides. We can recommend a pair of Leki Makalu FX Carbon AS Poles.  

Some of our Favourite Outdoor Products For Spring/Summer 2024

Extras: Tech Accessories for the Trail:

Don't forget to pack your must-have tech gadgets! Smartwatches can track your heart rate, and steps. Your navigation tool such as the Waytrails app. A little compact drone will capture stunning aerial footage of your hikes. And a battery charger!

So no more excuses! With these essential hiking items, you'll be ready to hit the trails in 2024. Say goodbye to discomfort and hello to stylish and practical gear that will enhance your outdoor experience to a whole new level. So, pack your bags, grab your gear, and get ready to make unforgettable memories on the trails. Happy hiking, adventurers!

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