Hiking for beginners gear recommendations - So you finally decide to take the jump and try out hiking in Canada?! From the breathtaking views, the surrealness of the quietness, and that feeling you can only get when you're outside, hiking will become your new favourite hobby. However, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by all these 'hiking gear' options and aren't even sure where to start? Here are my 5 basic gear recommendations, regardless of where you hike or the season, you will always use them:
2. Hiking footwear
This will be a personal choice and all footwear should be tried on before purchasing. Therefore the type of footwear you buy (waterproof, boot, shoe, etc) will depend on the terrain and climate. When I lived in Hong Kong, I chose non-waterproof, breathable shoes with a bit of grip on the outsole (bottom of the shoe) as most trails were either on pavement or really well-worn paths and the humidity made your feet sweat. In other words look for footwear that are sturdy, give support, and are comfortable on your feet.
Let's not let the overwhelming feeling of which gear to purchase prevent you from hiking when all you need to start are these 5 basic items. Start with these beginner recommendations and upgrade as you venture out more.
Looking for more tips on hiking? Check out Top 10 Tips for Hiking in Hot Weather or Top 10 Tips for Hiking in Cooler Weather
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Reusable water bottle - I second that! Another great article Melanie.
I've seen way too many of them left on trails around the world. Mine was $20 and I purchased it 3 years ago and it has been through a lot.
Great post - and I appreciate the budget options angel)
Thanks! I know some of those items are already expensive so you might as well get the most out of them.