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Hiking for Beginners: Essential Gear and Top Tips

Hiking can be intimidating, but there’s really not much to it. You don’t need any special skills to hike; you just have to be able to walk and know where you are. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in nature, get a good workout in, and recharge your batteries. Buying your first backpacking setup can be cost prohibitive and overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be. Here are six pieces of essential gear that will help you ease the stress and enjoy those first trips this season.

If you plan on hiking any distance, a backpack is a necessity. You don’t need the elaborate external frame backpacks that have room for a tent and sleeping bag, but you do want one that will hold basics and any other gear you choose to bring.

When it comes to hiking backpacks for beginners, nothing beats the Osage River Osceola Series. It’s especially designed for practical storage and features two main protective neoprene compartments and several smaller pockets for a cell phone, wallet, keys, and other gear, boosting more than 2,000 cubic inches of storage space. The Osceola features a zippered pouch at the top of the daypack and a front pocket with a buckle closure so you can store and access items quickly.

A reflective patch at the lower front of the pack alerts vehicles to your presence at night to keep you safe. With breathable, padded, contoured adjustable shoulder straps and durable fabric construction, the Osceola is ideal for long ventures and heavy loads. Equipped with mesh water bottle holders and compression straps made with durable 420D nylon and 1680D polyester and engineered with square bottom seams to accommodate heavy hiking gear.

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As a beginner hiker, it can be tough to know how much food and water you need, A good general recommendation for how much to eat is 200–300 calories per hour. For water intake, about a half liter per hour of moderate activity in moderate temperatures is a good starting place. As you gain more experience, you’ll get a better sense for just how much you need.

It’s you versus dehydration. With the Thermos 24-ounce Hydration Bottle, not only will you win that battle, but you can keep score along the way. With a built-in rotating meter, keep track of your water intake like never before. Combined with an ergonomically designed grip, a push button lid, locking ring and easy carry loop, you’ll be ready to take on whatever your day has in store. Made with BPA-free, impact-resistant and leak-proof, now available at only $32.57.

It’s almost hard to believe how much easier trekking poles make everything on a multi-day hike, particularly if you’re carrying weight on your back coming downhill. Benefits include less stress on your knees, balance, and support that is crucial on long hikes.

Lightweight 7000 series aluminum trekking poles that offer the Fast Lock and trade adjustment system for quick length adjustments as well as TLAS and ndash Twist Lock Anti-Shock feature which provides stress release for your muscles / joints over longer hikes. Molded EVA cork grip for a comfortable secure grip in all weather conditions.

YUKON Trek Lite Anti-Shock Poles ($38.52)