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Summer! And you know what that means? We’re finally able to go outside and enjoy Mother Nature, but first we might need to get into some hiking gear to really get you going! We love to do a lot of hiking and camping when the weekends get sunny. Since we moved to California we found unlimited resources of trails and hikes locations and we after years of experience, I really want to share with you some of the best items I found for me and the kids.
There you have it, a list of all of our favorite gear below. But just before we get into it, you might want to also head on over to Kuhl or Sportsman’s Warehouse for some great deals on all things outdoors!
Hiking Gear For the Ladies
Ladies, nothing is more annoying that getting started on a hike or backpacking trip and finding out your pack doesn’t feel right. Take a look at Shimoda Designs for great options on packs and more. Best of all, this amazing gear is designed to bear all of the elements!
A non-negotiable item during a hike has got to be my favorite pair of sunglasses from Blenders Eyewear. I make sure to always protect my eyes when I am partaking in any outside activities. Having a good pair of sunglasses is important to shield your eyes from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Ultraviolet radiation is detrimental to not only the skin around the eye area, but can also compromise your eye health that can result in cataracts and other eye conditions. Sunglasses offer the ability to reduce the brightness from light, making it easier to see and what is even better for outside elements and reducing glare, are polarized sunglasses.
My favorite pair of polarized sunglasses are these Dance Electric Milenia X2 by Blenders Eyewear. The Dance Electric Milenia X2 style offers a cool mirrored look and bright frames that is fun and suitable for everyone! They offer 100% UV protection and have stellar reviews. Blenders Eyewear delivers the world’s coolest and affordable eyewear that inspires people to Live in Forward Motion. They offer a wide range of sunglasses for sports and snow, which look just as good as they are comfortable! Check them out and receive 15% off your entire purchase for a limited time with promo code PARTNER15.
What’s the best way to get over a hill? With a hiking stick! Hiking sticks make trekking on hilly terrain so much easier. These ones from Breakfast on Everest (double points for cool name!) are retractable, lightweight, and can be used by both me or my kids.
If you are looking to splurge on a pair of trekking poles and get yourself some super high quality poles, we cannot recommend looking at the trekking poles Black Diamond offers! They really know how to knock trekking pole quality out the park!
Staying protected from the heat and sun is the most important thing to remember when hiking during the summer. The right gear and clothing is vital, and that includes a quality sun hat that will keep the sun off and out of your face. This wide brim hat from Eddie Bauer helps shield your head, face and neck from sunburn and damage. It’s lightweight, moisture-wicking and even floats!
I know what you’re thinking: Great. Another water bottle. All they do is hold water anyway, so what’s the point? That is, until I found this bottle from Hydro Flask. This one is insulated, eco-friendly, and can keep all my liquids cold or warm for when we’re hiking in any weather.
Must Have Hiking Gear: Hiking Shoes
Hiking shoes are necessary if you’re if you are heading for a challenging backcountry hike, they are made for different terrains with a grip for uneven surfaces. This pair is my particular favorite. They are light weight, exceptionally cushioned, required very little time to break in and the padding on the heel and the ankle feels amazing when you wear them.
If you’re looking for high-quality hiking shoes check out KEEN Footware, they specialize in shoes and have an abundance of hiking shoes to choose from just about anyone! Or if you’re in need of gear overall, Backcountry has all the gear, equipment and accessories you can’t adventure without!
It’s always great to have a back up if you find yourself off the trail. This Garmin InReach Mini is small and easy to grab on your hike. The MapShare system tracks and shares your location in cases of emergency. As well as forecasts weather and has the ability to load download maps to help you assess your location better and get back on track!
Any backpacking trip needs a top of the line backpack to make sure you stay organized and on top of the essentials. The Allpa 35L from Cotopaxi can carry plenty of your necessities, and is intuitively designed to help you stay organized.
Sometimes the weather can get unpredictable, and a sunny day will turn into a rainy day. It’s always good to be equipped with a raincoat, I love this jacket from Steep and Cheap, it will keep me pretty warm and dry during our more difficult hiking days, and it’s light enough to be folded easily and occupy just a little space in the backpack. If you’re looking for more lightweight compatible jackets, Columbia is also an amazing place to start!
A large backpack that’s water resistant? Sign me up! And if a large backpack is too large for you, you can fold it up and make it smaller. What will they think of next?
Looking to get into running outdoors? Need some trail running gear? Salomon is leading the trail running gear game and you should definitely check them out for all your trail running needs! I know we are sure a fan of them!
This hiking gear product is one that many often overlook! Before we had kids, my husband and I braved through every bump, scrape, and cut on the trail. Now that we have our little ones with us, we can’t take that much of a risk with them anymore. I know it’s not a usual thing to bring first aid kits in our backpacks, but as a mom, I don’t take any chances. This kit is compact and comes complete with some gauze, scissors, and a pair of tweezers to pull out pesky splinters (kids and splinters seem to get along a bit too well).
Hiking Gear For the Kids
Anti-Mosquito Cartoon Slap Bracelet
How do you get rid of bugs on the trail? Spray is the conventional answer, but I don’t feel comfortable putting all that gunk on my children’s faces. Plus, spray gets everywhere and it smells a lot. Luckily, I found something pretty innovative: a bracelet that’s already infused with anti-mosquito properties. It’s convenient, mess-free, and I get to tell my kids about how my generation invented slap bracelets.
And make sure to check out The Children’s Place for kids clothing perfect for hiking, summer and all year round.
Banana Boat is a classic brand for anything sun protection-related and is essential to add to your hiking gear list. You probably don’t need me to talk about how good Banana Boat is, so I’ll just put it this way: years of hiking with my kids, and no sunburns.
If you’re not a Banana Boat family, check out The Sun Screen Company and find your kind of sunscreen!
Our little one has to match her mommy, right? These mini kids’ hiking boot makes sure that kid’s feet won’t get wet. They’ll also get some traction when hiking. For those of you looking for more durable clothes for your kids, take a look at Janie and Jack, which has you covered on clothes for your newborn all the way up to your teenager!
Planning a hike? Don’t know where to go just yet? Check out a few of our favorite hiking place in the U.S!!