Indispensable Gear for Self-Sufficient Hiking

Self sufficiency in hiking literally means the ability to determine the type of gear to bring on a particular hiking trip. This enables the hiker to see to it that most if not all of the basic needs are provided and to ensure a good margin of safety during the entire trip. As you can see, there is no template for what gear to use or bring when you go on a hiking trip. Although the internet is filled with hiking and other sports and outing stuff, there are really no hard and fast rules on what to bring or use when you go out hiking. It’s really up to you to evaluate your needs based on the actual situation you will be.


One of the most important things to consider somehow is to plan in advance so that you can be sure what can make you comfortable during the trek. Once you have a list of what you need, that would be the perfect time for you to visit shops with outdoor gear for sale to be able to pick the gear that’s perfect for that particular adventure.




One of the things you’ll need in your planning stage is a gear list. This contains the list of items you think are necessary during the trip. Your list could be composed of a hundred or just a dozen things. It’s really up to you what to bring. Just be sure that what you choose are the most important and necessary as far as your personal needs for safety and survival are concerned. After all, a hiking trip is not an expedition to uncharted territory. There’s really no need to be paranoid about it. You just need to be prepared for the worst.


To help you decide what to bring you may make up your mind by classifying the items into groups. These groups include:



Map, GPS, guide book, compass



Cell phone, two-way radio, GPS beacon, someone whom you asked to make a report in case you fail to check in



Basic clothing and a few extras for added protection, rain gear, extra socks, gloves and headgear or cap

Nutrition – Meals, extra food and snacks



Water, water filter, salt tablets, pan for melting snow, water treatment chemicals



Head lamp w/ extra batteries, fully-charged flashlight


Sun Protection

Sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, sun-proof clothing


Medical / Sanitary

Toilet paper, first-aid kit, hand sanitizer, analgesic/antipyretic



Lighter, fire starter, water proof matches, stove and fuel


Equipment and Tools

Survival kit, repair kits, hiking poles, knife, multi-tool, duct tape, rope, etc


Emergency Shelter

Space blanket, tarp, ultra-light shelter, etc


When going on a hike or camping trip, you can bring as much or as little outing gear depending on the length of time, weather and condition of the terrain you are going to engage. Again, there’s no right or wrong when making preparations for a hiking trip. Just be sure to bring the gear that can serve you best. It doesn’t matter if you’re using used outdoor gear as long as they’re working 100%. Always keep safety your number one concern. Do not be complacent because anything can happen at the worst possible moment. Enjoy being close to nature and most important of all, you should get back home to relate your great outdoor adventure.


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