What to Bring Hiking: for the girl who packs everything

I have no shame in saying I am a girly girl. I like to do my hair, my nails, and my make-up, even if I’m going hiking. I mean, pictures, right?

So what does the girly girl who always needs everything, really need to bring hiking? This was where I really struggled because I wanted to look cute, and hike. Additionally, in Colorado you need to be prepared for any weather. In the spring you could see rain, snow, and sunshine all in one hike.

I’ve put together some basics that I keep in my daypack bag pictured below:

Let me also just add a side note – a daypack CAN be functional and stylish, like this one from Woolrich that was done in collaboration with Topo designs. It’s easily my favorite bag so far for normal day hikes.

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Anyways…back to the list:

  1. 2 water bottles that hold at least 24 oz of water (or more for a longer hike)
  2. Your camera/phone to take pictures, because you’ll want to remember it all.
  3. 1 light jacket with a hood
  4. 1 hat (winter or baseball cap depending on the season)
  5. 1 set of spikes if you are hiking in spring snowmelt season or winter.  I bought these: REI STABILicers and honestly, they make a world of difference! (My boyfriend bought these: REI Kahtoola MICROspikes which are also really good, just little bit more expensive)
  6. SNACKS! Don’t underestimate the length of the hike you are planning. Even with just a 4 mile hike I will usually make sure a few granola bars or trail mix are in my bag.
  7. 1 extra pair of socks. This might seem silly, but if your feet are hurting, or you get a blister and it pops, having an extra pair of socks will be your lifesaver.
  8. 1 first aid kit. You can buy these at a store, or you can make your own with band-aids, gauze, disinfectant, etc that you have at home. You will thank me when you need it (or when you get to make someone’s day by having a band-aid because someone else forgot to bring one and needed it).
  9. A map of your hike if you are able to get one, so you aren’t questioning which way to turn when some of the trails aren’t clearly marked.
  10. Finally…wear a comfortable pair of shoes. I can’t tell you enough about how happy you will be after investing in a great pair of hiking shoes. I recently bought the Danner Mountain Light Cascade and it has been a life changer (but actually). I can wear these for days at a time and they are so comfortable.

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At the end of the day though, I’ve learned that I really don’t need to bring everything. It’s fine if it’s a little too warm or cold, it’ll be fine if your hair gets messed up or if it rained on you – all that matters is that you got out and saw a little bit more of the world. I mean it is pretty big, after all.

4 Comments

  1. Hi Samantha! Thanks for this blog post. May I ask what camera you bring along with you on your hikes? Because your photos are just gorgeous beyond belief! Also, it is amazing that you can fit everything you need into one bag. Something I really need to work on more when going out to places.

    • Hi Molly,
      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Ahh thank you, I actually just have a Canon Powershot SX710 HS – it’s a small compact point and shoot, nothing super fancy, but light and great to bring hiking. My boyfriend has a nice DSLR camera so all the pictures that have me in them he takes with that.

      I know it was really tough for me too! Honestly. Sometimes I still bring a small bag that I can keep in the car of snacks and extra water after a hike, but those are things I try to stick to bringing.

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