Got a late summer hiking trip planned? Good idea! Just make sure you don't leave the house unprepared — a common mistake among casual trekkers. You may think all you need is a great pair of shoes or weather-resistant cap. However, even the most novice of explorers needs to stock up on certain must-haves — to carry, to wear...even, worst-case, to ensure your survival. So, in the interest of smartness and safety: Don't leave the house without the following 10 essentials.
- $23 $34 at Amazon
Crossbody Sling Backpack
- $11 $23 at Amazon
- $16 at Amazon
Personal Water Filter for Hiking and Camping
- $15 $25 at Amazon
100 Piece First Aid Kit
- $20 at Amazon
2-Pack LED Head Lamp
- $34 $46 at Amazon
Women's Quick Dry Hiking Pants
- $26 $45 at Amazon
Portable Solar Power Bank Charger
- $10 $13 at Amazon
10 Pack Mosquito Repellent Bracelets
- $18 at Amazon
Portable and Adjustable Camera Stand Holder
- $28 $30 at Amazon
Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets
"My wife loves this bag and has become her go-to. It's super cute, active style but versatile. It's a perfect size and the over-the-shoulder strap is super comfortable," wrote one of the 17,000 five-star reviews. Snag one for just $23 with the on-page coupon.
"The bracelet is light and easy to use. The whistle is loud and the compass accurate. Plenty of cord to help out of an emergency situation. Worth the money," reports a reviewer.
Wrote a five-star reviewer: "We took the LifeStraw on a hiking trip in Montana. While we carried water bottles, we went through those fairly quickly, [but] were then able to continue having fresh water to drink and made the backpack much lighter."
"Great to bring along on day trips, hikes and mini getaways. Small enough so that it doesn't take up too much space, but has all the necessary essential items. Would definitely recommend!" a satisfied customer wrote.
An Amazon shopper wrote: "Bought this for my husband, and he uses it all the time. He loves it. It comes in handy when he’s working underneath cars or on dirt bikes since it's hands-free. Highly recommend this so he doesn’t have to hold a flashlight with his mouth or try to prop one up. And it’s a two-pack, so one at home and one at work. He’s had it for a couple of months now and it’s still working well...the brightness on the head lamp is significant. It’s a very good product."
"Love these pants. The small fits me (5', 120 lbs). I already have a blue/green pair and now I have the purple one as well. They are very lightweight but survived a tough hike where I fell and slid. All the dirt came out and they look fine," said a fan who owns two pairs.
"This power bank is amazing! For a weekend cub scouts camping trip (Friday night to Sunday afternoon) it helped keep my phone and my kiddos tablets charged but the kicker is the solar option!! No need to worry about sitting in the car missing the fun we could charge and hike no problem, even in the rain!" exclaimed a reviewer. Just $26 with an on-page coupon.
"These are the be-all, end-all mosquito repellant. They also repel flies/other bugs. We use them for going to the dog park, hiking, going to the lake, or any other activity where we’ll be outside long enough to get chewed up. We put them back in their bags [after] using them, and they last multiple uses!" a satisfied customer reports.
This delighted shutterbug penned: "As a mom, this helps me be IN pictures with my kids as well as some background. No more selfies and not having any idea where we are pictures. I wrap mine on our stroller handle and position the stroller as needed. It was worth every penny."
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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