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10 Things To Help You Keep Moving on Your Next Day Hike

Hiking is one of life's great and difficult pleasures. The great outdoors allow people to move their bodies while enjoying the beauty of their natural surroundings. There is nothing quite like it.

Imagine this. One day you are in the middle of a long hike that you have been planning for months. You find yourself on mile ten, exhausted, with little to no strength to continue. This situation could get dangerous pretty fast. But alas! You remembered to pack a few things in your pack just for this circumstance. You take them out, do what you need to do, give yourself a quick rest and get going again with more determination and strength than before. Hikes like these are more difficult than others whether they are more difficult in length or more difficult in terms of terrain. On these more arduous battles with your body being put to the test by the trail, you need to have some backup helpers in your pack. Here are ten items that you will not regret carrying with you on your next big day hike!

1. Superfood Powder

With just one scoop of red superfood powder put into your water bottle, you may find that you feel a boost of energy and a better oneness with the technical terrain. Opti-Reds 50 can do amazing things in your body when you consume it. They help to decrease inflammation which will not only help you push through the more difficult parts of your hike but will also help you recover more quickly afterwards!

2. Bandana

As odd as this may seem, having a bandana in your pack can be a great asset. Especially if you are hiking somewhere near water. In the middle of a long trek near water, you can submerge that bandana, tie it around your neck and immediately feel cooled off by nature's bounty.

3. Socks

When you are hiking, your feet are one of your most important assets. Making sure that you have extra pairs of clean, dry socks in your pack to change into when your feet get extra sweaty or wet will keep them blister free and going for miles and miles.

4. Multi-tool

A multi-tool is one of those things you may never use but as soon as it is out of your pack, you somehow find yourself needing it. These are especially important to bring in your pack if you have a more technical backpack or are hiking a trail with built in features made by trail workers. You never know when a broken hand rail could be the last straw that sends you back to the car with an unfinished hike.

5. Extra Insulation

On mountainous hikes, the weather can shift quickly. This is why you should always carry a waterproof and insulated layer even in summer time! This will ensure your ability to continue on your trek no matter what the weather does.

6. Headlamp

Maybe you set out on your hike a little later than expected. This happens sometimes and depending on the regulations of the area in which you are, you can keep moving after dark. In this situation, you do not want to find yourself without a headlamp.

7. First Aid Kit

This one is pretty simple. Injuries can happen on the trail and packing even a small kit can help you throw a bandaid on a scratch wound and keep you moving.

8. Trail Map

A physical map stashed into a pack can help guide you where you need to go when you lose cell service and are unsure of your surroundings.

9. Sun Protection

As the sun beats down on you and you start sweating, the sunscreen you put on before you left will inevitably need to be reapplied. Throw a small bottle in your bag to protect your skin and then keep on moving.

10. Portable Charger

While many people hike in order to escape the technologically fueled world we live in, you should still bring a phone and a backup charger just in case you need to call anyone for assistance. Or if you just want to have plenty of cool pictures. Either way, make sure your phone stays charged.

Every hike has its difficulties but not every hike needs to end early. Making sure you utilize these tools will help keep you safe and strong while you finish out your day hike!

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