Renew Essentials: Other Items We Bring on Hikes
Once we’ve packed the 10 Essentials, here’s what we else we like to wear and bring on day hikes:
Depending on the weather and season, we wear or bring:
Quick dry underwear
Proper footwear: sturdy hiking shoes, trail runners, or boots depending on hike. Look for hiking boots that have lugs (grooves in the sole to provide traction).
Wool-blend hiking socks
Long sleeve shirt
Cropped or full-length tights
Note: avoid wearing cotton. Choose merino wool or polyester materials.
Where we shop for hiking clothes:
Arc’teryx ($$$): rainwear
Eddie Bauer ($): clothing, insulated jacket, and rain jacket. Keep a watch on their website! They often have 40-60% off sales.
Lululemon ($$): sports bra, sweat-wicking short and long sleeve shirts, crop and full-length tights
MEC ($-$$$): hiking boots, socks, underwear, and miscellaneous hiking gear and items
Sportchek ($$): hiking boots
Canadian Tire ($): miscellaneous hiking gear and items
While hiking clothing and gear can be a big investment, consider:
Borrowing items from friends or outdoors stores like MEC
Start with an alternative: e.g. use plastic bags inside your hiking shoes or boots before purchasing waterproof ones
Change of Clothes
Because nothing feels better at the end of a hike than taking off your hiking boots, putting on some comfy shoes, and changing out of your sweaty and dirty clothes.
20-30L comfortable backpack for day hikes
Hiking poles: provides extra stability on steep sections and eases pressure on your legs on the downhill
Micro-spikes: prevent slipping on ice, snow, and slush during winter and shoulder season hikes
Coconut oil: prevent chafing
Garbage or recycling bag to pack out any waste or recyclables
Toilet paper and resealable bag
Caffeine: a bite (or three) of chocolate at the summit is a great energizer
Learn the secrets to properly dressing and preparing for a hike
Join us at our Hiking 101 Workshop on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in downtown Vancouver.
Our founder Danielle Leroux will be joined by guest speaker Kristine Krynitzki, Founder of Hikes Near Vancouver for an open discussion about hiking. The workshop will cover:
What to do if you get into trouble while hiking
How to dress for a hike
Grab your spot here and get the knowledge you need to hike safely and with confidence at this workshop designed for beginner and new womxn hikers.