Hiking Information – 10 Things to Pack for a Hiking Trip or Mountain Vacation

You don’t need hiking poles for a hiking vacation in the mountains, but they can make your hike easier. Here are ten things to pack for a hiking trip or mountain vacation — plus an explanation of why hiking poles are helpful.

Before the tips, a quip:

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  ~ John Muir

Isn’t that a beautiful quotation? Mountain hiking is about more than beautiful views and challenging your body. A hike can bring a new sense of peace, inspiration, and accomplishment to your life. Okay, enough waxing poetic — pictured is an assortment of collapsible aluminum hiking poles, which are easy to carry, store, and use. And, below are ten things to pack when you’re going on a hiking vacation…

Hiking Information – 10 Things to Pack for a Hiking Trip or Mountain Vacation

1. Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses: Higher altitudes can produce severe sunburns, even with cloud cover and temperatures in the 50s. Sunscreen, balm, and sunglasses are some of the most important things to pack when you’re going hiking.

2. Moisturizer: Higher altitudes, especially in the western United States and Canada, bring very dry air. Bring along a favorite moisturizer and use it liberally. Bonus: protecting your skin will keep you feeling and looking young!

3. Rain jacket: Afternoon thunderstorms are a daily occurrence in many mountain areas.  When I was on vacation in Costa Rica, I had to buy an expensive rain jacket at a tourist shop. That holiday was different than packing for a vacation in the mountains – read What to Pack for an All-Inclusive Vacation!

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If you’re taking your RV or a car on your hiking trip, you might find How to Save Money on RV Travel by Spending Less on Camper Gas helpful.

Do you have any questions or thoughts on this hiking information? Please comment below…

Source: Neil Hastings, of the Mountain Lodge at Telluride in Telluride, Colorado — an eclectic blend of rustic elegance and western charm.

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2 thoughts on “Hiking Information – 10 Things to Pack for a Hiking Trip or Mountain Vacation

  • Laurie PK

    Gini, great to see you here on Quips & Tips! I love how friends pop up when you least expect them 🙂

    Yes, a first aid kit is essential when you’re packing for a hiking trip or mountain vacation — I’m surprised it wasn’t on here. I also like to bring extra tissues or toilet paper (scratchy leaves aren’t the most pleasant to wipe with!), and a GPS might come in handy, too.

  • Gini Grey

    Loved the quote Laurie – Ok, this may seem obvious but as it wasn’t mentioned I’m going to put it here – bring along a mini first aid kit incase you slip and fall on the hike and need a bandade or in case you get stung by a bee and need some ointment etc.