For the absolute beginner, starting out in Hiking the “Basic Gear List” can appear quite daunting, and frankly expensive if you listen to all the recommendations from shops and more experienced hikers !
But right now, you only need enough to get you comfortably and safely on the day hike trail.
This approach has several advantages;
- You don’t spend a heap of money up front.
- Your body has a chance to adapt and acclimatise to the new and different activity.
- It is a bit like an “obligation free look”… period, is hiking really for you?
- Learn to enjoy the outdoors with out the pressure to go faster then you are comfortable.
Basic Day Hiking gear
Carrying lighter loads over well made gravel, sand, grass, earth tracks.
- Preferably Hiking shoes or Boots – but sports shoes will definitely work initially.
- Technical Socks such as those designed for running or hiking.
- Drink bladder reservoir. (adequate hydration)
- Rain coat or Jacket – preferable heavy rain proof.
- Small First Aid Kit – relevant to the activity.
- Wide brim Sun hat / sun cream / sunglasses.
- Clothing – Both for hot and cold weather.
- LED Head Lamp and spare batteries. (I recommend a model with a on/off switch lock function – or twist on.)
- Your lunch – best high Carbohydrate, moderate protein, moderate to low fats.
- Emergency Kit
- Day pack to carry it all in – 20-40 litres is a good size. (with internal frame and good back ventilation is better)
- Phone /and charging method.
- Personal Locator Beacon, Not essential, but I highly recommend you consider it a priority on your gear list.
- Intentions Plan – sent to someone you trust.
- Topographical MapsNZTopo50 Map) of the track area you are in.