10 Essentials for Hiking in Northern Utah
By Mekenna Malan | March 2nd, 2022
Regardless of whether you’re planning on hiking for hours or days, there are a few things you shouldn’t leave home without. By bringing along these ten essential items on your hike, you’ll ensure your trail experience is as enjoyable as possible.
Utah’s climate is notoriously dry, and our trails sit at a high elevation. It’s crucial to stay hydrated while you’re hiking. Once you’re halfway through your water supply, that’s your indicator that it’s best to turn around—unless you brought along a water purification system to replenish your supply. It’s a good idea to research your hike for water sources beforehand.SHOP WATER BOTTLES/FILTERS
Beyond downloading maps to your cellphone that you can access while offline, it’s a good idea to bring a physical map of the area and/or a compass in case technology fails you. Regardless of the length or level of your hike, you should always carry a personal locator beacon that will allow you to get in contact with help in the case of an emergency.SHOP MAPS
Active bodies need fuel. Bring along calorie-dense, easy-to-pack snacks like energy bars, trail mix, and fruit to keep you going. It’s always a good idea to bring extra food in case you’re on the trail for longer than planned.
Regardless of the time of year or the weather, you should always use SPF any time you go outside and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh rays. It’s also a good idea to bring a hat on every trail to help protect your head and face from the elements.SHOP SUNGLASSES
Even if you’re only planning on hiking for a short time, always bring a headlamp or flashlight. In the case of an emergency, you’ll be glad you did. Bringing along a light source will also allow you to extend the length of your hike if you wish. Be sure to carry extra batteries, too!SHOP HEADLAMPS
Even on short trails, it’s a good idea to bring a small first-aid kit containing band-aids for scrapes or blisters and a pain reliever like Aspirin for headaches and minor pains. Depending on the trail and length of the hike, you should build your kit to include other items like tweezers, insect repellent, Moleskine, and antibacterial ointments.SHOP FIRST AID
There’s no excuse to not bring a pocket knife or multi-tool along on your hike, as the benefits far outweigh the few ounces of weight it’ll add to your hiking pack. From gear repair to fire building and first-aid assistance, this item truly is essential.