Hiking Companion: 4 Add-Ons Any Avid Hiker Needs

How do you know you’re an avid hiker? Well, if you thank someone for the good suggestion when they tell you to “take a hike,” you’ve probably got a penchant for it. There are all kinds of things that you should carry with you on a hike. These include sunscreen, insect repellent, and hiking boots. However, there are plenty of fun things to bring. Here are four add-ons any avid hiker needs.

Power Bank

No outlet to charge your phone? No problem. You can use a portable power to give your phone juice while on the trail. You just need to charge in advance and then hook it up via USB power. Make sure that you are limiting your phone use as well. For one, you need to pay attention to your surroundings. Secondly, it’s best to just appreciate the moment you have in nature.

Hiking ManHiking Watches

You might think that you no longer need a watch, thanks to your cell phone. However, hiking watches do more than just tell the time. They can give you such important information as the atmospheric pressure and GPS navigation. With compass features, you can help keep yourself from getting lost. Get yourself a hiking watch that will cover all the bases in terms of survival.

Bluetooth Speaker

Want to listen to some music while you hike? You can, thanks to a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker. Look for one that will be easy to transport. On a sunny day, it can really add some nice atmosphere to your hike. Make sure you choose music that is appropriate for the setting and not too loud. You don’t want to be disturbing the wildlife on your hike.


Darkness can fall before you’re expecting it to while hiking. When this happens, you’ll be glad you have a headlamp. Find one that feels comfortable around your head and has a quality range of light. You should also be paying close attention to the sun during your hike. When it seems like it’s close to setting, you should be heading back to your car or campsite. Listen to any advisement that is given by rangers of the campground or hiking trail.

Hiking is an absolutely wonderful way to lose yourself in the glory of natural for a day. As you notice the signs and sounds, you can just appreciate how wonderful the world is. With these add-ons, you can enhance your hiking experience all the more.


About the Author:

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber

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