5. Hiking Hat
If it’s cold when you’re hiking a good woolen hat is a great addition to have. Worn under the hood of your waterproof jacket, it will keep your head nice and toasty! Alternatively, if it’s blistering hot and the sun is beating down, a baseball hat or beach-style hiking hat will protect you from any harmful rays.
6. Hiking Gloves
These need to be waterproof, wind-resistant and ideally leaving you with some mobility in your hands for grasping, opening, etc.
7. Hiking Socks
Good socks are as important as good boots. It is worth getting good hiking socks that complement your hiking boots or shoes to ensure maximum comfort and avoid the dreaded blister!
8.Day or Technical pack
You of course need something to carry your extra gear and some basic supplies in so a comfortable day pack on your back is a must.
9. Hiking Boots and Shoes
Of key importance when hiking. You need the right hiking boots or shoes for the climate and weather you are hiking in. It needs to be a good fit and your boot or shoe should be well broken in. It is a good idea to break them in, in your house, or around the block before ever using them on a hike. Always wear your hiking socks when breaking a hiking boot in!
10. Waterproof Hiking Jacket
Really depends on what climate you are hiking in but invariably it will rain at some point so you need to have the right waterproof hiking jacket with you. There are many options to choose from, many of which have detachable layers and so can be adapted to be used all year-round.
11. Extra Hiking Clothing
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Extra clothing is a must if you are moving in and out of different temperatures and weather which can happen very easily as you ascend further up a mountain. Always good to have a bit more than less I think.
This list is not exhaustive but it does list out some of the key things you should be taking with you on your day hike. Being as prepared as possible will ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable hike as possible.